Great news! Senate Bill 1547 passed over the weekend, despite a lengthy list of opponents. This bill allows NDs to sign off on "return to play" forms to clear an athlete for play after a head injury. The Legislature moved to include NDs, chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists to this expanded list of medical professionals.
Please note: Under Senate Bill 1547, NDs and other newly eligible providers will need to undergo a training course put together by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). This will be an online module with Oregon-specific details around concussion management, and it is currently being created. OANP will keep you updated once this training is available.
We would like to thank those of you that contacted your Legislators, sent emails, made phone calls, gave testimonies, and advocated for this. It is because of you that we are able to shape and improve the scope of practice for this profession, and we cannot thank you enough for your energy and support.