Eastern District News
BPL Announcement - Paper licenses will not be mailed automatically effective January 1, 2022posted: December 07, 2021
Many changes are being implemented in conjunction with the launch of the new MiPlus licensing platform. On December 7, LARA/BPL announced the followin:
Due to the functionality of MiPLUS, paper copies of licenses will no longer be automatically mailed upon issuance or renewal beginning January 1, 2022. Instead, licensees will be able to choose if they’d prefer to have a copy of their license mailed to them during the application or renewal process.
Implicit Bias Training - Update on Requirementsposted: November 02, 2021
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) recently posted a set of FAQs to clarify requirements related to Implicit Bias Training.
The entire document can be viewed here: Download file
Items to note:
- This requirement is separate from and in addition to the requirement for 24 PDR credits for renewal. For a 2 year renewal cycle you will need 2 hours of Implicit Bias Training.
- The new requirement takes effect June 1, 2022. If you are renewing in 2022 and renew BEFORE June 1 the training is not required. If you renew AFTER June 1 you will need 1 hour of training for this renewal only. For subsequent renewals you will need 2 hours - 1 hour for each year in the renewal cycle.
Implicit Bias Training - Requirements for License Renewalposted: June 09, 2021
On June 1, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) announced new requirements for over 400,000 health care professionals licensed in Michigan. Licensees who have email addresses listed with the Bureau of Health Professions/LARA should have received an email outlining the new requirement. That message is copied below. Licensees renewing in 2021 will not be impacted. Those renewing in 2022 will need 2 hours of implicit bias training. APTA Michigan is developing course content to meet this new requirement and we hope to offer both sessions at our conferences along with live webinars.
Dear Licensee –
The Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) would like to inform you that the Public Health Code – General Rules have been revised which will require implicit bias training for your profession, effective June 1, 2022.
The new training requirements are the product of numerous workgroup meetings over the past year and represent feedback from 86 organizations including our health professional boards, insurance providers, health systems, health care associations, legislators, state agencies, higher education, and community and advocacy groups. The requirements apply to both new applicants as well as those renewing their existing licenses or registrations.
Below are the changes in the rules that pertain to the new training requirements:
(A)n attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic. (R 338.7001 (c) )
Rule 4. (1) Beginning 1 year after promulgation of this rule, an applicant for licensure or registration under article 15 of the code, MCL 333.16101 to 333.18838, except those seeking to be licensed under part 188 of the code, MCL 333.18801 to 333.18838, shall have completed a minimum of 2 hours of implicit bias training within the 5 years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration.
(2) Beginning 1 year after promulgation of this rule and for every renewal cycle thereafter, in addition to completing any continuing education required for renewal, an applicant for license or registration renewal under article 15 of the code, MCL 333.16101 to 333.18838, except those licensed under part 188 of the code, MCL 333.18801 to 333.18838, shall have completed a minimum of 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of the applicant’s license or registration cycle.
(3) The implicit bias training must be related to reducing barriers and disparities in access to and delivery of health care services and meet all of the following requirements:
(a) Training content must include, but is not limited to, 1 or more of the following topics:
(i) Information on implicit bias, equitable access to health care, serving a diverse population, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and cultural sensitivity.
(b) Training must include strategies to reduce disparities in access to and delivery of health care services and the administration of pre- and post-test implicit bias assessments.
(c) Acceptable sponsors of this training include any of the following:
(i) Training offered by a nationally-recognized or state-recognized health-related organization.
(d) Acceptable modalities of training include any of the following:
(i) A teleconference or webinar that permits live synchronous interaction.
(4) Submission of an application for licensure, registration, or renewal constitutes an applicant’s certificate of compliance with the requirements of this rule. A licensee or registrant shall retain documentation of meeting the requirements of this rule for a period of 6 years from the date of applying for licensure, registration, or renewal. The department may select and audit a sample of a licensees or registrants and request documentation of proof of compliance with this rule. If audited by the department, a licensee or registrant shall provide the proof of completion of training, including either of the following:
(a) A completion certificate issued by the training program that includes the date of the training, the program sponsor’s name, the title of the program, and licensee’s or registrant’s name.
(b) A self-attestation by the licensee or registrant that includes the date of the training, the program sponsor’s name, the title of the program, and licensee’s or registrant’s name.
Please send any questions you may have about these revised rules to BPLHelp@michigan.gov .
Debra Gagliardi, Director
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About the Eastern District
The Eastern District is composed of over 1,100 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students. Volunteers of the District are dedicated to clinical, legislative, and policy education of those in the physical therapy profession and the public. Education is provided at membership meetings, formal continuing professional development courses, through social media and in communication with members.
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