Legislative Action

Connecticut State Capitol in HartfordWelcome to the CNPA State of Connecticut Legislative page.  As you may or may not know we are currently engaged in a legislative effort to add prescriptive authority to the CT naturopathic physician scope of practice.

While the State of Connecticut was one of the first of the now 19 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide for licensure of naturopathic physicians (“NDs”) the naturopathic scope of practice in Connecticut was updated last year but does not allow for prescriptive authority.  As a practical matter, this means that the statute does not accurately reflect the dramatic advances in the level of education, training, experience and overall competence of NDs over the course of what is now almost a century since the statute was first enacted.  Please CLICK HERE for a detailed discussion of the modernization act.

We need help getting this initiative into law.  NDs, medical students, patients, family members, supporters can contribute financially to the legislative fund (CLICK HERE to contribute), contact (write, email, call), meet and speak with the Senators and Representatives in their respective districts and ask them to support legislation to allow naturopathic physicians (NDs) the same prescriptive authority consistent with many other states that license NDs. (see side bar on this page).

For the past 24 months we have worked very hard legislatively to move this effort forward and we are now positioned to see the law significantly modernized in 2015.

Prescriptive authority would complement our natural medicine approach, provide our patients with many primary care services, reduce sending a patient out to another doctor for care we cannot legally prescribe, save time, money and greatly increase the efficiency of care delivery.  In addition, a modernized scope of practice would help the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine grow and more efficiently educate their students.

We hope to provide you an informative experience that will enable you to support our legislative efforts that when successful ultimately benefits all of the patients cared for by CT naturopathic physicians.

Rick Liva, ND
President and Chairman of the Legislative Committee

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