The Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA) has achieved a major success – a modernized scope of practice amending an antiquated licensure law that dates from 1922. The bill, which passed the House 144-0 and then the Senate, is set to be signed by Governor Malloy in the coming weeks.
NDs will now have the ability to diagnose and treat disease, order laboratory testing, perform phlebotomy and other office procedures, and to use counseling, physical medicine, and the material sciences (nutrition, botanical medicine, etc.). As part of the political negotiation process, CNPA agreed to delay the pursuit of prescriptive authority until 2015, when it will be pursued in earnest.
The CNPA’s effort was intensive but ultimately took less than a year to accomplish, thanks to a dedicated team of members, lobbyists, and fundraisers. Part of that effort was a wide-ranging grassroots campaign that employed AANP’s Engage system, Facebook, and ConstantContact. Gary Gruber, ND, led that charge creatively and consistently – and offered a roadmap that other state associations can use via a recent State Alliance webinar. The slides from that webinar are in AANP’s Advocacy Toolbox