ORS 676.850¹
Authority of regulatory boards to require cultural competency continuing education
  • documentation of participation
  • rules

(1) As used in this section, “board” means the:

(a) State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology;

(b) State Board of Chiropractic Examiners;

(c) State Board of Licensed Social Workers;

(d) Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists;

(e) Oregon Board of Dentistry;

(f) Board of Licensed Dietitians;

(g) State Board of Massage Therapists;

(h) Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine;

(i) Oregon State Board of Nursing;

(j) Long Term Care Administrators Board;

(k) Oregon Board of Optometry;

(L) State Board of Pharmacy;

(m) Oregon Medical Board;

(n) Occupational Therapy Licensing Board;

(o) Oregon Board of Physical Therapy;

(p) Oregon Board of Psychology;

(q) Board of Medical Imaging;

(r) State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery;

(s) State Board of Denture Technology;

(t) Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board;

(u) Home Care Commission;

(v) Oregon Health Authority, to the extent that the authority licenses emergency medical service providers; and

(w) Health Licensing Office, to the extent that the office licenses lactation consultants.

(2)(a) In collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, a board may adopt rules under which the board may require a person authorized to practice the profession regulated by the board to receive cultural competency continuing education approved by the authority under ORS 413.450 (Continuing education in cultural competency).

(b) Cultural competency continuing education courses may be taken in addition to or, if a board determines that the cultural competency continuing education fulfills existing continuing education requirements, instead of any other continuing education requirement imposed by the board.

(3)(a) A board, or the Health Licensing Office for those boards for which the office issues and renews authorizations to practice the profession regulated by the board, shall document participation in cultural competency continuing education by persons authorized to practice a profession regulated by the board.

(b) For purposes of documenting participation under this subsection, a board may adopt rules requiring persons authorized to practice the profession regulated by the board to submit documentation to the board, or to the office for those boards for which the office issues and renews authorizations to practice the profession regulated by the board, of participation in cultural competency continuing education.

(4) A board shall report biennially to the authority on the participation documented under subsection (3) of this section.

(5) The authority, on or before August 1 of each even-numbered year, shall report to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to health care on the information submitted to the authority under subsection (4) of this section. [2013 c.240 §1; 2017 c.6 §28; 2017 c.499 §19; 2018 c.61 §24; 2019 c.43 §11]

Note: The amendments to 676.850 (Authority of regulatory boards to require cultural competency continuing education) by section 1, chapter 186, Oregon Laws 2019, become operative July 1, 2021, and apply to applicants for initial authorization or renewal of authorization on or after July 1, 2021. See sections 3 and 4, chapter 186, Oregon Laws 2019. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2021, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

676.850 (Authority of regulatory boards to require cultural competency continuing education). (1) As used in this section, “board” means the:

(a) State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology;

(b) State Board of Chiropractic Examiners;

(c) State Board of Licensed Social Workers;

(d) Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists;

(e) Oregon Board of Dentistry;

(f) Board of Licensed Dietitians;

(g) State Board of Massage Therapists;

(h) Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine;

(i) Oregon State Board of Nursing;

(j) Long Term Care Administrators Board;

(k) Oregon Board of Optometry;

(L) State Board of Pharmacy;

(m) Oregon Medical Board;

(n) Occupational Therapy Licensing Board;

(o) Oregon Board of Physical Therapy;

(p) Oregon Board of Psychology;

(q) Board of Medical Imaging;

(r) State Board of Direct Entry Midwifery;

(s) State Board of Denture Technology;

(t) Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board;

(u) Home Care Commission;

(v) Oregon Health Authority, to the extent that the authority licenses emergency medical service providers; and

(w) Health Licensing Office, to the extent that the office licenses lactation consultants.

(2)(a) A board shall adopt rules to require a person authorized to practice the profession regulated by the board to complete cultural competency continuing education. Completion of the continuing education described in this subsection shall be a condition of renewal of an authorization to practice the profession regulated by the board every other time that the person’s authorization is subject to renewal.

(b) Cultural competency continuing education courses may be taken in addition to or, if a board determines that the cultural competency continuing education fulfills existing continuing education requirements, instead of any other continuing education requirement imposed by the board.

(c) A board shall consider the availability of the continuing education described in this subsection when adopting rules regarding the required number of credits of continuing education.

(d) A board shall encourage, but may not require, the completion of continuing education approved by the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 413.450 (Continuing education in cultural competency). A board shall accept as meeting the requirements of this subsection continuing education that meets the skills requirements established by the authority by rule.

(3) The requirements of subsection (2) of this section do not apply to a person authorized to practice a profession regulated by a board if the person is:

(a) Retired and not practicing the profession in any state;

(b) Not practicing the profession in this state; or

(c) Residing in this state but not practicing the profession in any state.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 676—Health Professions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors676.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information