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AB-851 Dentistry: licensure and certification requirements: military experience.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 This act shall be known and may be cited as the Veterans Dental Care Workforce Act of 2012.

SEC. 2.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Lack of dental care providers continues to be a significant barrier to access to health care services in medically underserved urban and rural areas of California.
(2) Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and the California National Guard gain invaluable education, training, and practical experience through their military service.
(3) According to the federal Department of Defense, as of June 2011, one million veterans were unemployed nationally and the jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans was 13.3 percent, with young male veterans 18 to 24 years of age experiencing an unemployment rate of 21.9 percent.
(4) According to the federal Department of Defense, during the 2011 federal fiscal year, 16,777 service members who separated from active duty listed California as their state of residence.
(5) It is critical, both to veterans seeking to transition to civilian dental care professions and to patients living in underserved urban and rural areas of California, that the Legislature ensure that veteran applicants for licensure by the Dental Board of California are expedited through the qualifications and requirements process.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that the Dental Board of California and schools offering educational course credit for meeting licensing qualifications and requirements fully and expeditiously recognize and provide credit for an applicant’s military education, training, and practical experience.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1625.6 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

1625.6.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Dental Board of California pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1600) of this division shall, upon the presentation of satisfactory evidence by an applicant for licensure, accept the education, training, and practical experience completed by the applicant as a member of the United States Armed Forces or Military Reserves of the United States, the national guard of any state, the military reserves of any state, or the naval militia of any state, toward the qualifications and requirements for licensure by the board unless the board determines that the education, training, or practical experience is not substantially equivalent to the standards of the board.
(b) By July 1, 2014, if the board under Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 1600) accredits or otherwise approves schools offering educational course credit for meeting licensing qualifications and requirements, the board shall require a school seeking accreditation or approval to have procedures in place to fully accept an applicant’s military education, training, and practical experience toward the completion of an educational program that would qualify a person to apply for licensure.
(c) The board shall adopt regulations, if necessary, to implement this section by July 1 2014. If the board determines that regulations are not necessary to implement this section, it shall report to the Legislature and Governor, no later than July 1, 2014, explaining why the regulations are not necessary.
(d) With respect to complying with the requirements of this section including the determination of equivalency between the education, training, or practical experience of an applicant and the board’s standards, and obtaining state, federal, or private funds to support compliance with this section, the Department of Veterans Affairs shall provide technical assistance to the board and to the director.
(e) No later than January 1, 2016, the director shall report to the Legislature and the Governor on the progress of the board toward compliance with this section.