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Dry Needling Bill to be Heard by Senate Commerce Committee

Tuesday, February 13, 2018  
Posted by: Debbie Sullivan
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APTANJ has been informed that the Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, February 15 at 1:00 pm at the State House Annex in Trenton to consider S431 which "Permits certain physical therapists to perform dry needling". This is encouraging step forward as we seek to protect this technique by statute once and for all.

APTANJ needs everyone's help if we are going to protect this manual technique by law and advance physical therapy as a whole in NJ. Here's a list of things that we need you to do:

  • Call or email the legislators above and ask them to support S431...Ask your patients to do the same.
  • Reach out to your colleagues (members and non-members) and tell them to call or email their legislators in support of S431. It doesn't matter if they do dry needling or not.  What bonds all of you together is that you are licensed physical therapists in the State of New Jersey.  
  • SHOW UP AT THE STATE HOUSE ANNEX, COMMITTEE ROOM 6 IN TRENTON ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 1 PM TO SUPPORT YOUR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION AND YOUR PROFESSION. There is strength in numbers...let's let our opposition see that.

The Senate Commerce Committee is as follows:

Senator Nellie Pou, Chair

100 Hamilton Plaza, Suite 1405   

Paterson, NJ 07505-2111

Phone: 973-247-1555    

Fax: 973-247-1550

Email: SenPou@njleg.org

 

Senator Joe Cryan, Vice Chair

985 Stuyvesant Ave.

Union, NJ 07083

Phone: (908) 624-0880

Fax: (908) 624-0587

Email: SenCryan@njleg.org

 

Senator Gerald Cardinale

350 Madison Avenue    

Cresskill, NJ 07626-1342

Phone: 201-567-2324   

Fax: 201-567-8514

Email: SenCardinale@njleg.org

 

Senator Thomas Kean

425 North Avenue East, Suite C   

Westfield, NJ 07090-1537

Phone: 908-232-3673    

Fax: 908-232-3345

Email: SenKean@njleg.org

 

Senator Nicholas Scutari

1514 East St. George Avenue, 2nd Floor    

Linden, NJ 07036-1784

Phone: 908-587-0404    

Fax: 908-587-9312

Email: SenScutari@njleg.org

There is no more important time than now to demonstrate to the legislature that PTs are more than qualified to perform dry needling and have been doing it safely in New Jersey for nearly a decade. It is up to us to demonstrate to the elected officials as well as the opposition that we are serious about protecting physical therapy in New Jersey. This needs to be a total team effort. 

Please show up at the State House Annex, 1st Floor, Committee Room 6 on Thursday, February 15 at 1:00 pm and send a message that physical therapists stand united in support of one another no matter what the issue. You can park at the parking garage located at 1 W Lafayette St, Trenton, NJ. The State House is only two blocks from there. You will need a form of ID (i.e. driver's license) to enter the State House.

As always, if you have any questions or considerations, please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you for your continued support. I hope to see you all in Trenton on Thursday.

Best regards,

Dan


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