Dear Illinois Dental Hygienists, April 2, 2019
Many of you may wonder: what ever happened with the Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) certification. As some of you know, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation delayed the rules for the training criteria for the PHDH. In February 2019, the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) submitted a bill – HB2676. This bill contained the requirements for the training and education for public health dental hygienists. The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association opposed some of the requirements ISDS proposed. Over the last few weeks, our two associations collaborated and compromised, which led to the current language in HB2676.
Absolutely, there are aspects of the bill with which both ISDS and IDHA were not in agreement. Therefore, our position of the bill is neutral, because our mission at IDHA, first and foremost, is to “improve the public’s total health.” By not opposing this bill, we have an opportunity to provide great care to so many underserved individuals in Illinois.
If you’re interested in following the progress of bill – HB2676 – here is a link. Remember to click on “Full Text” (upper left corner) as the synopsis is not as detailed. This bill is on the second reading in the House. There are many steps before it is passed. We’ll keep you updated as the process proceeds.
For additional information please don’t hesitate to contact IDHA at 800-550-4342 or email@example.com.
Public Act 100-0829
Please be advised as of January 1, 2019:
All children in kindergarten and the second, sixth, and NINTH grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination.
IDHA may need your help to get the Public Health Dental Hygienist coursework expedited! Please watch your email for a possible legislative alert.
The Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) was passed into law July 2016. To date the PHDH coursework has not been written by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
On September 26, Terri Apostolou, IDHA President Lisa Schmidt, and Component Trustee Jeanne Boesecker attended the Illinois Board of Dentistry meeting. Once again, IDHA expressed concerns regarding the timeframe in which the PHDH was signed into law, and the unwritten coursework.
IDHA works extremely hard on behalf of every RDH in the state, and will continue with every effort to expedite the PHDH coursework. Please visit the Legislative page on IDHA.net for the most up to date information.
If you have questions on how to volunteer or want to put your name in the hat to help out the Profession and IDHA, contact IDHA Manager of Government Relations Terri Apostolou at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 30th, 2017
The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Dental Society have all made their recommendations regarding the coursework needed to obtain a Public Health Dental Hygienist Certificate.
All Recommendations have been given to The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, who are in the process of writing the specific coursework.
Please keep in mind that the legislative process is a long and sometimes a tedious one. Updates will continue to be posted as soon as they are made available to us.
This proposed legislation was introduced on January 24, 2017 to the 100th General Assembly.
To summarize, this proposed legislation will allow an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) who has completed training to: a) take material or digital final impressions; b) perform pulp vitality test; c) place, pack and finish composite restorations; d) start the flow of oxygen and monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen analgesia.
Click here to read the bill.
Click here to follow the bill.
This legislation passed out of the 99th General Assembly in July of 2016.
To summarize, a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) may provide preventive treatment without a prior dental exam to patients who are uninsured or eligible for medicaid in a public health setting. To qualify as a PHDH, the individual must complete 42 clock hours of additional course work approved by the Department. At this time the course work has not been determined by the rules making process.
To read the bill in its entirety, click the link: HB5948 FINAL.pdf
For more information about the rule making process, click on the link: IL Rulemaking Process.pdf
Click here to read the most up to date Practice Act.
Click here to read the Illinois Dental Rules.
Click here to read the Public Health Intervention: Use of Silver Diamine Flouride for Arresting Dental Caries published September 15, 2017.
April 9, 2018
Please read and share with your practice the following urgent memo from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the use of synthetic cannabinoids with bordifacoum. Severe bleeding has been reported in 89 cases since March 7, 2018. Download the memo here.