2009 LAP Fund Applications California: requested $3,000, the BOT approved $3,000.
Subject: Dental personnel (Laws, regulations and rules)
Author: Rodriguez, Rosana
Pub Date: 09/01/2009
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Sept-Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 78 Source Issue: 5
Topic: Event Code: 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8043800 Dental Auxiliaries NAICS Code: 62121 Offices of Dentists
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 221850559
Full Text: 2009 LAP Fund Applications California: requested $3,000, the BOT approved $3,000

Submitted by: Kristy Borquez, CDA, RDAEF, FADAA

Lap Funds Will Continue to Be Used for the Consultant They Pay on a Monthly Basis.

Now that AB2637 and SB853 have gone into effect, efforts are being devoted to identifying areas that need clarification and ensuring a smooth implementation and transition. It is unknown at this time whether there will be any additional legislation in 2009 that will require monitoring or action.

Several areas surrounding educational programs are being addressed, but it does not appear that there will need to be any significant changes that will need to be made to the new laws governing RDA applicants and licensees.

One recent clarification of interest to RDAs is that existing RDAs do not have to be certified in pit and fissure sealants, unless they wish to perform that duty. Only RDAs who first become licensed on and after January 1, 2010, must provide proof of having completed a board-approved course in this duty in order to be licensed. However, RDA educational program faculty must be certified in this duty no later than July 1, 2009.

With regard to the RDA practical exam, the Dental Assisting Alliance has advocated to COMDA that the two currently tested procedures be retained after 2009, with changes to the material used for the direct provisional restoration (currently referred to as a temporary sedative dressing). It is anticipated that COMDA and the Board will make a decision later this year.

COMDA and the Board may need RDAs to provide input for the various written tests that must be developed, including the Orthodontic Assistant and Dental Sedation Assistant. If you might be interested, e-mail me at kdancer@earthlink.net and I will contact you when more information becomes available.

As a reminder, COMDA ceased to exist on July 1 of this year, and its functions were integrated into the Dental Board. At the same time, a new Dental Hygiene Committee was created.

The Dental Assisting Alliance will be making recommendations to the Dental Board concerning the most appropriate way for dental assisting issues to be appropriately addressed, and will also be asking that the Board develop some mechanism by which to assure the dental assisting community that fees paid by dental assistants are spent solely on dental assisting activities.

For more information, see the Dental Board of California's website: www.dbc.ca.gov.

compiled by Rosana Rodriguez, CDA, CDPMA, FADAA Chair, ADAA Council on Legislation
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