The FPTA Board of Directors, members and staff met with Governor Rick Scott to celebrate the signing of HB799. There were three students in attendance, including University of St. Augustine DPT candidates Garrett Mandel and Leighton Peavler.
HB 799 (Temporary Licensure) allows new physical therapy graduates to practice under a temporary license with general supervision while they wait to sit for the State Boards of Physical Therapy Licensure Examination.
The new statute was first proposed at the fall 2011 FPTA conference by Garrett Mandel and Lucas Rizer (University of St. Augustine DPT candidate) during a district caucus meeting in Orlando. Following the signing of the bill in the Governor’s office this August, Mandel stated, “We got to spend nearly 30 minutes chatting with Governor Scott about our issues; he was really receptive and truly understood many of the nuances of our field.
Governor Scott’s simple understanding of cutting costs and having successful outcomes with conservative care through physical therapy went further. During the ceremonial signing, he said, “Patient’s with back pain should avoid surgery and go to physical therapy.”
As a member of the University of St. Augustine’s Student Advocacy Forum, I say…..”Dear Mr. Scott — We are going to hold you to that!”