Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut

Page last updated 26 February 2017

Action alert

None. See history, below, for recent legislation updates.

Want to get involved?

Contact your Connecticut Senate and Assembly representatives and voice your opposition to legitimizing the practice of naturopathy.

Not sure what to say? From Jann Bellamy:

A 2014 report by the Department of Public Health found [naturopathic] education and training, plus passing the NPLEX exam, insufficient for prescribing privilege, a fact that has since been admitted by the Board of Naturopathic Examiners.

Sign the petition Naturopaths are not doctors: stop legitimizing pseudoscience


Media Coverage

Connecticut “modernizes” naturopathic scope of practice. Science-Based Medicine. 2014. Jann Bellamy.


Scope of practice

Title: May use the titles doctors and physician

Prescription drugs: Not permitted to prescribe all legend and non-legend drugs

Controlled substances: Not permitted to prescribe

IV administration: Not permitted

Diagnostic tests: Permitted

Minor office procedures: Not specified

Spinal manipulations: Permitted

Childbirth/ midwifery: Not specified

Vaccine waiver: Not specified

Naturopathic assistants: Not specified

Connecticut updated scope of practice (2014)


Continuing education requirements

Connecticut requires naturopaths to complete 15 hours of conntinuing education every year. (Note: Connecticut requires physicians and surgeons to complete 50 hours each year.)


History

Licensed since 1920; had limited scope of practice until 2014.

Senate Bill 125 Failed in 2017. Would have allowed licensed naturopaths who meet unspecified requirements to prescribe medications defined in a formulary. The bill was introduced by Senator Theresa Gerratana.

Senate Bill 314 Failed in 2017. Supported the prescription of legend drugs by licensed naturopaths. The bill was introduced by Senator Catherine Osten.

House Bill 6250 Failed in 2017. Would have allowed licensed naturopaths who have medical collaboration agreements with physicians or advanced nurse practitioners to prescribe legend drugs. The bill was introduced by Representative Ezequiel Santiago.

Information courtesy of Society for Science-Based Medicine.

Naturopathic practice act

2014 Scope Modernization Bill passed


How to file a complaint

The Connecticut Department of Health investigates complaints against health practitioners. Anyone may file a complaint. There is currently no online complaint system. A complaint document needs to be completed and mailed to the Department of Health.

Download complaint form

Mail completed form to:

State of Connecticut
Department of Public Health
Practitioner Investigations Unit
410 Capitol Avenue, MS#12HSR
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
For more information, please visit the Department of Health website.
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