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Important updates and timely information for FSBPT members and stakeholders.

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In this News Brief:

Virtual Membership Meetings

As we've previously announced, FSBPT has cancelled all in-person meetings in 2020.

However, we will be hosting virtual membership meetings. Please mark your calendars for the key dates of July 22, 2020, October 22, 2020, and October 24, 2020. We will be sharing more details with participants on how to register for and join these meetings soon.

Additionally, educational content that would have been done during the annual meeting will be done by a series of webinars throughout the year. Stay tuned for the lineup of interesting topics and dates.

July Events

Leadership Issues Forum (LIF)

July 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET

This discussion provides our leaders with an overview of the topics and projects that are currently on the “front burner” for FSBPT and our members.

Attendees: Your 2020 voting delegate and funded administrator should attend this meeting. Committee chairs, the Resolutions Committee, the Nominating committee, representatives from stakeholder groups, and candidates for the Board of Directors also attend. 


Candidate Forum–1

July 22, 2020 | 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

This forum provides a chance for delegates and other members to get to know the candidates who are running for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.

October Events

Candidate Forum–2

October 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET

This forum provides a chance for delegates and other members to get to know the candidates who are running for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Workshop

October 24, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Delegate Workshop will be an opportunity for Delegates to understand the technology that we will be using during the Delegate Assembly.  

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.


Delegate Assembly

October 24, 2020 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Attendees: Any FSBPT member. Delegates are required to attend.

Final Date to Submit Motions for the 2020 Annual Meeting

The deadline for submitting motions to the Resolutions Committee via email is 5:00 p.m. ET Sunday, July 26, 2020.

For those who are new jurisdictional board members or serving for the first time this year as a Voting Delegate, we encourage you to read the current Bylaws and Standing Rules to better understand the role of the Resolutions Committee and the motion submission process. You can also direct questions you have about the process to the Resolutions Committee.

FSBPT Membership Dues Reduced by 50 Percent for 2021 and 2022

Recognizing the increased pressures COVID-19 has placed on states and the expectation that the economic impact will not be resolved in a single year, the board has approved reducing all membership dues by 50 percent for 2021 and 2022.

The Slate for the 2020 Delegate Assembly Elections

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for this year’s elections at the FSBPT Delegate Assembly. Candidate statements will appear in the Delegate Handbook, which will be available on the FSBPT website for membership review in the early fall.

The Nominating Committee will hold two Candidate Forums (held on July 22, 2020, and October 22, 2020) to introduce 2020 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee. Further, the Nominating Committee will be seeking candidates interested in being slated for the 2021 elections. These positions will include: Secretary, Treasurer, and the Director #1 position (this director must be a current member of a member board at the time of election). The qualifications for these positions can be found in the Board and Committee Job Descriptions.

Please join FSBPT in thanking the 2020 Nominating Committee Members, Timothy Vidale (Chair), Sherri Paru, and Debbie Kubota, for their work this year.

Director 2: Adrienne (Stacy) Price, GA Director 2: Jeffrey Vinzant, AL Director 3: Joni Kalis, OR
Director 3: Charlotte Martin, LA Nominating Committee Member: Joseph Shanley, NH Nominating Committee Member: Jennifer Wissinger, OH

PT Compact Rapid Growth May Prove Needed Alternative in Time of Crisis

The Physical Therapy Compact continues its rapid growth in 2020, in terms of both number of participating states and number of physical therapist and physical therapist assistants getting compact privileges. As of the end of March 2020, twenty states are now actively issuing and accepting compact privileges. The continued expansion of the PT Compact means the opportunity to get compact privileges is available to thousands more PTs and PTAs across the United States. In March alone, nearly 250 compact privileges were obtained, setting a new one month record.

In part, the growth indicates the value and advantages of compact privileges are being recognized. During the national health crisis, compact privileges also offer a fast process for PTs and PTAs who are eligible to seek the privilege to practice in other states without the need for the paperwork, score transfers, license verifications, and other requirements associated with a regular license. Given the additional stress put on boards at this time, the Compact may be a much needed alternative to get PTs and PTAs the ability to practice quickly and safely, and not just on a temporary basis. 

FSBPT Forum: Setting the BAR: The Board self-Assessment Resource

The Board Assessment Task Force created a new tool that will help boards conduct a self-assessment and provide resources to improve performance and advance their missions. This article is based on a presentation by Michelle Sigmund-Gaines and Charlotte Martin at the 2019 FSBPT Annual Meeting as well as a May 2020 webinar by Leslie Adrian.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Questions and Answers from the FSBPT COVID-19 Webinar

At the May 15 webinar for members and educators, we received several questions we did not have time to address. We have complied these questions and supplied answers.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank the generous volunteer members of these groups for their support of our mission:

Exam Development Committee-PTA

In the News

"Why virtual care will outlast the pandemic," Mohana Ravindranath, Politico, June 12, 2020

"Telehealth had been inching ahead for quite a few years, but it remained a niche industry amid a thicket of regulatory restrictions designed to combat potential fraud and high costs. That was until the pandemic hit and the Trump administration swiftly — though temporarily — knocked down many of those barriers, with states and private health insurers also expanding coverage of virtual care."

"College Board suspends plan for at-home SAT, urges colleges not to punish applicants who can’t submit scores," Nick Anderson, The Washington Post, June 2, 2020

"The College Board is halting plans to offer the SAT admissions test at home in coming months and is urging schools not to punish students who do not submit scores, further demonstrating how the coronavirus crisis has upended college admissions.

"In backing away from at-home exams, the testing organization cited concerns that many students would not have access at home to the three hours of reliable Internet service that would be required to complete the multiple-choice exam."

"VA Video Connect visits increase 1000% during COVID-19 pandemic," Veteran's Affairs, June 12, 2020

"The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today telehealth video appointments using VA Video Connect increased from approximately 10,000 to 120,000 appointments a week between February and May of 2020."

Board Liaisons to Jurisdictions

Members of the Board of Directors serve as liaisons to multiple jurisdictions. Current liaison relationships are listed here for your reference.

Tom Caldwell
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas

Ruggie Canizares
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah

Ellen Donald
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina

Joni Kalis
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Nancy Kirsch
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Adrienne Price
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

David Relling
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

John Young
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions.

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
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Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Muelle
Susan Newman

Continuing competence

Jeffrey M. Rosa

Credentials review

Jaime Nolan, FCCPT

ELDD- Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database participation

Exam registration processing

Christine Sousa

Foreign educated issues

Leslie Adrian


Jamie Nolan

JAM- Jurisprudence Assessment Module

Legislation or Model Practice Act

Leslie Adrian

Meeting arrangements

Paul Delaney

NPDB reports/questions

Angela Burnham

PTC- Physical Therapy Compact

PEAT®- Practice Exam & Assessment Tool

Reimbursement of expenses
Other financial matters

Linda Michelsen

School reports

Score transfer & reporting

Christine Sousa

SCP PET- Supervised Clinical Practice Performance Evaluation Tool

Security issues

Susan Newman

Anything else, including news to share with members

William A. Hatherill
Caitlin Jennings



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