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NATURAL HEALING ALLIANCE NEWS
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A NEW SENATE BILL HAS BEEN INTRODUCED.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR PRACTICE?



ANOTHER MIRACLE! A NEW SENATE BILL INTRODUCED!
Thanks to Maggi Hutchinson, a new senate bill was introduced on November 14, 2013 by Senator Anthony R. Bucco of District 25 (Morris and Somerset Counties). The purpose of the bill is to "Exempt persons practicing certain techniques from the provisions of the "Massage and Bodywork Therapist Licensing Act."

The next step is for the bill to be sent to the Committee Chairperson who will decide if the bill will be presented to and voted on by the committee. At this point, we are waiting for Senator Bucco to let us know when we can take the next step to help support the bill's progression through the Legislature. At this time, please do not write letters or contact the Sentator. There will be a time when this will be necessary, and we will be sure to let you know who to contact, when and the most appropriate way to do so.

How a New Jersey Bill is Passed
The bill is introduced during a session, into either House (Senate or General Assembly) of the legislature. It is then sent to the Committee for review. When scheduled by the chair, the committee considers the bill at a meeting open to the public. The committee may report the bill to the house as is, with amendments, or by a substitute bill. If not considered or reported, the bill remains in Committee. If the bill gets out of committee, it is then sent to the House for a vote. It is delivered to the second house where it goes through the same process. A bill receives final legislative approval when it passes both Houses in identical form. Eventually, it is sent to the Governor for signature.

What Can We Do to Ensure the Bill is Passed?
The job of the NHA and our community is to support the bill's progress through the legislative process. The NHA is committed to monitoring the bill's progress and attending the public meeting to ensure the appropriateness and accuracy of the bill's wording. To advocate for you, we need your support! Please click on the link to donate!


ARE WE SAFE YET?
A permanent solution is to make sure this bill gets passed by both Houses. Remember, the Attorney's General statement is not a permanent change to the law or regulation, which means the Board can change its mind at any time. In addition, as of November 25, the minutes have not been posted on the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs website. We're not safe yet, folks! The next Board meeting is on Wednesday, December 4. The NHA will be sure to represent you all.


INVITE US FOR A LIVELY DISCUSSION!
There is still a lot of confusion and misinformation amongst our community about what the latest developments mean for us as practitioners. In our talk, we cover the following:
  • The NJ Massage & Bodywork laws/regulations and the proposed exemption
  • How the laws/regulations apply to your modality
  • What you can do to comply
  • The natural healing evolution and revolution in the 21st century
  • How the Natural Healing Alliance can help you and your practice
Email us at info@naturalhealingalliance.org to schedule an inter-active in-person discussion.


NEW! CODE OF ETHICS & STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
The NHA has been busy collaborating with NJ practitioners to develop cross-modality Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. A Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are a must for all active Natural Healing Art practitioners. Our codes and standards are designed to complement those of your particular modality. These documents are created by Natural Healing practitioners for Natural Healing practitioners. The NHA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice serve to further elevate natural healing professionalism, to keep clients safe, and to self-regulate as a protection from government interference (If we don't do it ourselves, it leaves us open to government regulation in the future).

Special thanks to Sharon Kurtz for her expertise and contributions in developing the Codes and Standards. Special thanks also go to the founders and practitioners at the Reiki Way Learning Center in Brick, New Jersey.

The following documents are available for all NHA General Members.

CODE OF ETHICS
The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to encourage excellence in ethical behavior for practitioners of the Natural Healing Arts. Download the NHA Code of Ethics Here.

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
The purpose of Standards of Practice is to provide a set of guidelines for safe, competent care to clients by which natural healing practitioners conduct their day-to-day responsibilities within their scope of practice. Download the NHA Standards of Practice Here.

UPDATED! ENERGY & LIGHT-TOUCH PRACTICE GUIDELINES
The Practice Guidelines are a quick reference for all NJ practitioners on how to practice within the scope of current legislation and the statement from the NJ Attorney General. Download the Updated Energy & Light-Touch Practice Guidelines.


NEXT STEPS FOR THE NHA
  1. The NHA has already developed infection control protocols on hand-washing and how to keep a clean and safe environment for you and the people you serve.
  2. The NHA is negotiating with reputable insurance carriers to provide you with Liability insurance.
  3. The NHA is working to provide you with education and business support.
These will be available to NHA Premium Members in the near future.




We remain committed to the cause and working for our community.

Susan & Andrea
The Natural Healing Alliance


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