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Comment by Jamie Thompson on November 19, 2010 at 10:57pm
I'm interested in hearing about today's Board meeting from anyone who was in attendance. (I'm especially curious about the Kunye massage discussion, as I stumbled across the Tibetan school's website not too long ago and was really intrigued by it.)

I think it's great that the monthly agendas are now being posted online on the Board's website, but what about the meeting minutes? Are they available to the public as well?
Comment by Alexei Levine on November 17, 2010 at 4:29pm
The Board meeting time has changed, it now starts at 11:00am, and here's the new agenda. (as long as the meeting is open you can come and go as you please. When it's closed you have to leave the room):

DATE: November 19, 2010

PLACE: Room 1C

1000 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02118-6100

TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Item 1) 11:00 a.m. Meeting called to order

Facility Briefing
Item 2) 11:05 a.m. Board Minutes:

October 15, 2010 minutes
Item 3) 11:10 a.m. Quasi-Judicial Session
[closed session pursuant to G.L. c. 30, § 18, ¶ 5(d)]

Item 4) 11:30 a.m. New Cases
[closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]

Item 5) 11:50 a.m. Tabled Case
[closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]

Item 6) 12:10 p.m. Candidate Interviews:
[Executive Session – closed session pursuant to G.L.30A §21(1)]

Item 7) 12:50 p.m. Break

Item 8) 1:20 p.m. Prosecution Cases
[closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]

Item 9) 2:00 p.m. Discussion on Kunye Massage

Item 10) 2:30 p.m. Application Reviews

Item 11) 2:50 p.m. Election of Board officers
Comment by Jeanne Riley on November 17, 2010 at 4:17pm
Thank you Alexei
Are you allowed to drop in for a portion of the meeting or is attendance taken at the beginning and you are required to stay while the board moves elsewere for the closed sessions?
Comment by Alexei Levine on November 15, 2010 at 5:11pm
The next Board meeting is this Friday. Here's the agenda. The discussion at 1:00pm on Kunye massage looks interesting, and should have relevance to many schools in MA. It pertains to the Tibetan school of massage in Conway that teaches an Asian style of massage.


DATE: November 19, 2010

PLACE: Room 1C

1000 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02118-6100

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Item 1) 10:00 a.m. Meeting called to order

Facility Briefing
Item 2) 10:05 a.m. Board Minutes:

October 15, 2010 minutes
Item 3) 10:10 a.m. Quasi-Judicial Session
[closed session pursuant to G.L. c. 30, § 18, ¶ 5(d)]


Item 4) 10:30 a.m. New Cases [closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]


Item 5) 10:50 a.m. Tabled Case [closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]


Item 6) 11:10 a.m. Candidate Interviews: [Executive Session – closed session pursuant to G.L.30A §21(1)]

Item 7) 11:50 a.m. Break

Item 8) 12:20 p.m. Prosecution Cases
[closed session pursuant to MGL c. 112, §65C]


Item 9) 1:00 p.m. Discussion on Kunye Massage


Item 10) 1:30 p.m. Application Reviews

Item 11) 1:50 p.m. Election of Board officers
Comment by Jeanne Riley on October 27, 2010 at 11:23am
@Timothy - Thanks for the info. Yes, I think I will if I can figure out the timing of the meetings. I did plan to attend several months ago and had it on my schedule and then that meeting was cancelled. Posts I read here mentioned the schedule on the web site was not up to date so I took it off my todo list, temporarily. I just read about the change in NY's CEU requirement and the new licensing requirement for continuing ed providers. I think we should have more LMT's in attendance so we can make sure Massachusetts does not follow NY's lead on that. It sounds like a bad direction for LMT's and for our clients.
Comment by Timothy Starkey on October 25, 2010 at 3:00pm
@ Jeanne... The best thing people can do to influence the board on their decision making process is to be visible at the board meetings. It is not known when they will start to address the issues of CEU's. When i do hear about it, i will let people know. Ultimately the process is this. Anyone can attend board meetings. The chair person has stated that no one may speak at the open meetings unless they have submitted an approved request to speak prior to the meeting. Attending can still be interesting to hear what the board is working on.

Once the board does produce the regulations around CEU's they are required to have public hearings where people can openly speak about there thoughts and concerns around the regulations before they become finalized. After the first two sets of reulations there were many public comments. Sadly, the public comments did not influence any changes in the regulations.
At present the Massage Board has open positions for board new members. Members are appointed by the governor's office of appointments. I know that people have applied to be on the board but it seems as if the office of appointments is stalled in the process.
The board at this point is meeting about once a month. They put the agenda on line a day or two prior to the meetings.
Comment by Jessica Weagle on October 22, 2010 at 3:21pm
@ Timothy could you please post the infomation about CEU's on this board also

http://bodyworkonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&p=158621#p15...
Comment by Jeanne Riley on October 22, 2010 at 3:14pm
Hi Timothy, Hey, thanks for the information. I don't think anyone said they did not view CEU's as an opportunity for growth,..... The question was just asking for advice on the renewal process. Sounds like she was having trouble finding clear info on that when navigating the web site so turned here with a friendly query. Sounds like you are in the know on that. Is that something you can influence a solution for?
Comment by Timothy Starkey on October 20, 2010 at 3:29pm
The Massachusetts law does require CEU's for LMT's but the board has not yet defined a requirement or an approval process for CEU's therefore they are not yet checking on CEU's. Until the board addresses CEU's, people should check to ensure that the CEU's are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education as they retain oversight in this area until such time as the massage board addresses it. Beyond CEU's being required for renewal for licensure or membership in a professional organization, one would hope that LMT's view CEU's as an opportunity for growth, enhancement of skills, and increasing their professional success as a therapist. .
Comment by Dawn Williams on October 20, 2010 at 12:38pm
At this time, MA does not require CEUs to renew. However, AMTA and other organizations will require them for professional membership which also covers insurance.
 

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