House Bill 467 by Representative Cyndi Stevenson (R-Saint Johns) has been signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The bill reforms the physical therapist licensure requirements, as well as allowing physical therapists to add the practice of dry needling to their skill set.
“House Bill 467 modernizes the Physical Therapy Act, which has not been significantly updated in 30 years,” said Stevenson. House Bill 467 seeks to remove statutory barriers that keep Florida Physical Therapist from using a procedure known as dry needling to assist with pain management and improve mobility.
Physical therapist in 33 other states are already able to use this procedure in their practice. The bill also authorizes the Board of Physical Therapists to adopt rules related to the standards of practice for PTs that wish to perform dry needling, as well as additional training and supervised hours for therapists wishing to HB 467 adds additional training requirements for PTs that wish to perform dry needing. It revises the definition of physical therapy practice as well as updating the terminology to reflect modern physical therapy practice.
“Representative Stevenson is a strong companion in the House,” Sen. Ben Albritton (R-Bartow) said. “I am happy to have worked with her on this issue.”
For more information on this bill, as well as other bills filed during the 2020 Session, please visit myfloridahouse.gov or contact the office of Representative Stevenson.