Dental Therapy in Arizona
Today, the Arizona State Legislature Senate Health and Human Services and House Health Committee of Reference reviewed the Sunrise Application by Dental Care for Arizona regarding development of a Dental Therapist professional. There was a presentation by Dental Care for Arizona, public testimony, discussion, then a recommendation by the legislature. The application passed by a vote of 5 for and 4 against the development of a Dental Therapist provider for Arizona.
This is the first step of many steps in the often long legislative journey. Next a bill will be drafted and submitted to the House Health Committee. One of the most important outcomes from the session today is that discussion and education is occurring among legislators and stakeholder groups regarding the need to address Arizona’s oral health crisis in a meaningful way.