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Dental Pilot Projects

The goal of the Dental Pilot Project Program is to encourage the development of innovative practices in oral health care delivery systems with a focus on providing care to populations that evidence-based studies have shown have the highest disease rates and the least access to dental care.

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Project Updates

  • Dental Pilot Project #200, "Training Dental Hygienists to Place Interim Therapeutic Restorations" has been approved.
  • Dental Pilot Project #100, "Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project" has been approved.

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TRB Final Recommendations (pdf) 

Comment on Proposed Rulemaking by 5:00 PM February 29, 2020

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program is proposing to permanently amend administrative rules in chapter 333, division 10 "Dental Pilot Projects" to clarify the rules so that applicants and approved projects can better understand the applicable requirements and possible consequences for failing to adhere to requirements.
A previous Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was filed with the Archives Division of the Secretary of State (SOS) on November 13, 2019, and OHA held a public comment period from November 15, 2019 - December 23, 2019 to receive feedback on the proposed amended rules. Based on feedback received, OHA needed to make additional revisions to the rule language than what was available to review during the original public comment period. OHA has filed an updated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the SOS to include these additional revisions to the rule language and request public comment on them.
The newly proposed amended rules clarify what is required for Dental Pilot Project applications, as well as defines the following terms: adverse events, applicable standard of care, employment/utilization sites and underserved populations. Rule language quantifies the minimum percentage of underserved populations that a dental pilot project must focus on at each site or by each trainee to align with the intent of Senate Bill 738 (2011) that established the Dental Pilot Project Program.
The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed amended language. OHA will only be accepting written comments. OHA will compile all comments received during both public comment periods for consideration. Stakeholders that already submitted comments during the previous comment period do not need to do so again unless they want to add any new comments. The original submission will still be considered.
Please submit written comments before 5:00 pm on February 29, 2020 by submitting them to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at the following mailing address, E-mail address or fax number:
OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232
Fax: (971) 673-1299

For more information on how to submit written comments and review the full text of the proposed amended rules, please see the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking:

Provisional Approval for Dental Pilot Project Application #300

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Oral Health Program has issued a notice of provisional approval of the dental pilot project application titled, “Dental Hygiene Restorative Function Endorsement Model”, submitted by Willamette Dental. OHA is working with Willamette Dental on its evaluation and monitoring plan and standard operating procedures required for final approval as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) 333-010-0780 and 333-010-0740.

A Technical Review Board (TRB) was convened to help review and provide recommendations to OHA on whether OHA should approve or deny the application. As outlined in OAR 333-010-0730, OHA also asked for public comment on the proposed application.

For more information, please review the Notice of Provisional Approval, proposed pilot project application and background information from the Technical Review Board (TRB):

Oregon Administrative Rules, OAR 333-010 (Revised effective December 1, 2018)

Senate Bill 738, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2011, allows the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to approve and monitor dental pilot projects that are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce and efficacy by:

  • Teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel;
  • Developing new categories of dental personnel;
  • Accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or
  • Teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) Chapter 716, Oregon Laws 2011 (temporary provisions relating to dental pilot projects are compiled as notes following ORS 680.210) authorizes the OHA Public Health Division, Oral Health Program to adopt administrative rules to establish the requirements of dental pilot project applications; the process for reviewing applications; approval or denial of applications; minimum standards for approved projects; evaluation and monitoring of pilot projects; suspension or termination of an approved pilot project; and discontinuation or closure of a project.

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) Chapter 333 Division 10 contains the final rule text language for dental pilot projects. The OARs were last amended on December 1, 2018 to clarify the rules so that applicants and approved projects can better understand the applicable requirements and possible consequences for failing to adhere to requirement.

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