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Take FSBPT’s Money!

FSBPT wants to help jurisdictions in our shared mission of public protection, and we have funds available to help you succeed!

Thanks in part to savings experienced by holding virtual meetings and the recent overall investment performance, FSBPT’s board has set aside a $2.2 million grant for PT Compact member jurisdictions, along with our ongoing jurisdictional grant program, to help you use the FSBPT ID and submit data to the Examination, Licensure, and Disciplinary Database (ELDD). You can learn more about the ELDD and the FSBPT ID by watching this brief video.

PT Compact member jurisdictions can apply for grants to fund consulting, programming, data entry, technological upgrades, and other activities that enhance updates to the ELDD. Please let us know if your jurisdiction is interested by contacting our CEO, William A. Hatherill.

Reentry to Practice Resources

For many different reasons, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants (PT providers) may voluntarily choose to take an extended absence from active practice lasting weeks, months, or even years. At some point, some of these same PT providers choose to return to, or reenter, the workforce. However, physical therapy regulatory boards are often at a loss as to how to determine their competence.

FSBPT has many resources that may assist jurisdictions as they determine the risk to the public and the requirements for relicensing individuals who have had a period of professional disuse as a provider of physical therapy services.

Reentering Physical Therapy Providers: Structured Learning Options (2022)
This report focuses on what is necessary for the reentering physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to relearn to competently return to practice/work and suggestions of structured learning activities as to means to review/relearn the critical work activity (CWA).

Competence in Physical Therapy: A Framework for Understanding Effects of Disuse on Physical Therapy Performance (2021)
The Healthcare Regulatory Research Institute contracted with a cognitive psychologist to develop this report whose main area of research is the development of expertise and skill in complex domains. Subject-matter experts classified Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant critical work activities in terms of the type of task/activity and type of ability required. The critical work activities were then rated for the expected rate of loss due to disuse and how quickly minimal competence can be regained. The results provide a scientific basis for policy recommendations concerning retraining after a period of disuse.

Reentry of Physical Therapy Providers: A Resource for Regulatory Boards (2016)
The intent of this resource is to: 1) outline and describe current definitions and requirements for reentry for PT providers in the United States 2) provide a review of models for reentry in other professions 3) provide an international perspective of reentry for health care professions and 4) provide considerations for jurisdictions regarding current reentry requirements.

Treatment of Self, Family, and Other Close Relations

No known professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association, condone care for self or family other than in exceptional situations. Although not all health care organizations have published guidelines, those that do have recommended against providing care for close relations. FSBPT’s Board of Directors recently approved the recommendations from the Treating Close Relations Task Force on the treatment of close relations.

Topics at the Leadership Issues Forum

FSBPT strives to be a deliberative organization and seeks to present new approaches and changes in a purposeful manner before our Leadership Issues Forum (LIF). Providing topics in advance allows the board an opportunity to carefully prepare topics for consideration. Bringing topics to LIF where our members have plenty of time to engage in thoughtful dialogue allows us to truly get member input into important topics. A number of topics have been presented at consecutive LIF meetings to make sure they are vetted properly, like the most recent bylaw changes or the disciplinary action guidelines. We welcome your input into future topics for LIF and look forward to hearing from you all!  

Does Your Jurisdiction Have Educational Materials Regarding Sexual Boundary Violations?

FSBPT formed the Boundary Violation Task Force in 2020. One of the task force’s goals is to identify potential barriers for reporting violations to regulatory boards. To help accomplish this, task force members reviewed jurisdictions’ websites. The task force members only reviewed websites they were unfamiliar with. When reviewing the laws and rules, the task force members were asked to determine if there were any Sexual Boundary Violation materials for the public or PT providers on the website.

The task force identified three jurisdictions that had specific educational materials available on their website regarding sexual boundary violations. These included videos, newsletter articles, and frequently asked questions (FAQs). Access these resources, as well as international examples.

Take Away Tip: The task force encourages jurisdictions to develop messaging and resources to help the public and licensees better understand the issues and the rules.

Share Your Webinar and Annual Meeting Ideas!

We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2022 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Orange County, California.

If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal. However, we are also interested in learning about jurisdictions' experiences with regulatory topics and your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage all board members, board administrators, and other stakeholders to please share topics and ideas with us. You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the FSBPT events platform.

FSBPT Forum: A Discussion of Diversity in Physical Therapy Regulation

What do we lose without diversity? What do we gain with diversity? What elements of diversity should physical therapy boards be working on? This article is based on a 2020 Annual Meeting Webinar panel discussion with Anne Wallestad, Ruggie Canizares, Nancy Kirsch, and Adrienne Price. Read the article.

Spotlight on Member Resources: Member Directory

Need to get in touch with a fellow FSBPT Member? You can use the member directory in the Members' Area.

Webinar Clip: Artificial Intelligence and Health Care

In the clip below, Anthony Chang discusses the future of AI and health care during the webinar "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Physical Therapy: Exaggerated Hype or Paradigm Shift?" You can also watch full webinar recordings and register for upcoming webinars.

Our Gratitude for Volunteers

This month, we thank all of our generous volunteer members for their support of our mission.

In the News

"Medical boards get pushback as they try to punish doctors for Covid misinformation," Darius Tahir, Politico, February 1, 2022 

"Medical boards and other regulators across the country are scrambling to penalize doctors who spread misinformation about vaccines or promote unproven cures for Covid-19. But they are unsure whether they'll prevail over actions by state lawmakers who believe the boards are overreaching."

"Medical boards pressured to let it slide when doctors spread COVID misinformation," Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio, February 15, 2022

"The growing tension in Tennessee between conservative lawmakers and the state's medical board may be the most prominent example in the country. But the Federation of State Medical Boards, which created the language adopted by at least 15 state boards, is tracking legislation introduced by Republicans in at least 14 states that would restrict a medical board's authority to discipline doctors for their advice on COVID."

"Healthcare regulation: deciding when statutory regulation is appropriate," UK Department of Health & Social Care, January 6, 2022

"The purpose of the regulation of health and social care professions is to protect the public from the risk of harm from the provision of health and social care services. At the heart of any decision to regulate a profession is ensuring that statutory regulation provides the most effective and proportionate means of delivering this public protection function. The government and the devolved administrations are committed to ensuring that the regulation of healthcare professionals should continue to be delivered on a UK-wide basis."

Board Report

Recently, to advance the business of FSBPT, the board approved the motions listed.

Motion 22-01-01
Approve a grant to the PT Compact to fulfill the request from North Carolina for assistance in programming expenses to enhance the ELDD efforts. ($42,500).
Financial Impact - $42,500

Motion 22-01-02
Approve adjustment to 2022 budget to include the $2.2 million potential grant funds to the PTCompact and jurisdictions for technological enhancements

Board of Directors

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

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

Cynthia Potter
Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

Adrienne Price
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia

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

Charles E. Reiter
The public member of the board does not serve as a liaison to jurisdictions

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Staff Contact Information

Staff Contact Information
If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
(703) 299-3100




Point of Contact/Email Address

ADA accommodations

Christine Sousa

Assessment or examination development questions

Lorin Mueller
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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  • William A. Hatherill, CEO


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