Sept 2, 2015 - Governor Brown sign SB 525!

The Respiratory Care Board is pleased to announce that SB 525 (Nielsen) was signed today by Governor Brown! SB 525, co-sponsored by the Respiratory Care Board of California and the California Society for Respiratory Care, makes great headway for the profession by codifying many existing respiratory care practices. Specifically this bill:

  1. Further defines the respiratory care practice to include:

    The therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities affecting the heart and cardiovascular system;
    Administration of medical gases and pharmacological agents for the purpose of inducing conscious or deep sedation under physician and surgeon supervision and the direct orders of the physician and surgeon performing the procedure;
    All forms of extracorporeal life support, including, but not limited to, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R);
    Educating students, health care professionals, or consumers about respiratory care, including, but not limited to, education of respiratory core courses or clinical instruction provided as part of a respiratory educational program and educating health care professionals or consumers about the operation or application of respiratory care equipment and appliances;
    The treatment, management, diagnostic testing, control, education, and care of patients with sleep and wake disorders as provided in Chapter 7.8 (commencing with Section 3575).

  2. Further defines overlapping functions of respiratory care practitioners to include providing therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, and care for non-respiratory related diagnoses or conditions provided (1) a health care facility has authorized the respiratory care practitioner to provide these services and (2) the respiratory care practitioner has maintained current competencies in the services provided, as needed.

July, 2014
- Governor Brown Signs AB1972!
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Information from the Respiratory Care Board
The Journey to RRT License Minimum in California

View the letter of support from CSRC President Michael Madison for the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care along with the CSRC Position Statement and Muse Report!

May 9, 2014
- President Madison in Action, Assembly Bill 1972 update!
AB 1972 was brought to a vote on the full Assembly (House) Floor and received a unanimous vote to advance the proposal to the Senate.  This means that there have been three unanimous votes (two in committee and one with the full House) to advance the proposal to make the RRT Credential the minimum license threshold  in California.

This is landmark legislation for our profession and a very important beginning for even greater achievements.  It's too early to celebrate just yet, but we have cleared the first hurdles and are on our way for the next in the next few weeks.  I will have another update after Robby Nijjar and I make our visit to Capitol Hill in Sacramento Monday May 12.

January 17, 2014 –
California Representative Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA35) is a new cosponsor for HR 2619. Please send THANK YOU letters to your representatives who cosponsor HR 2619. If your representative has not cosponsored HR 2619, please send an action letter asking them to do so by clicking on the following link:

November 29, 2013 –
Russell McCord has been communicating with all 53 California representatives in the House and our 2 Senators. Presently, California has 4 representatives who are sponsoring or co-sponsoring HR 2619 (More than any other state):

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19th district)
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA-37th district)
Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA-29th district)
Rep Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47th district)

Please send THANK YOU letters to your representatives. Please send letters to your representatives and encourage them to sponsor or co-sponsor HR 2619. They listen to their constituency. To keep track of HR 2619, please click

October 10, 2013 –
2014 Capitol Hill Lobby Day in Washington D.C. has been announced: March 31 – April 2. The actual “Day on the Hill” will be April 1st. Ricardo Guzman and Russell McCord will attend  and continue their efforts to advocate improved Respiratory Care Access outside the hospital setting and improve the care of the millions of California patients with pulmonary disease. Please be ready to send action letters to your representatives for Virtual Lobby Week. Statistics:

2012 – California ranked 19 with 174 advocacy messages
2013 – California ranked 6 with 861 advocacy messages
2014 – California can we beat Florida who reached over 3,317 last year?
August 16, 2013 – Robby Nijjar planned a meeting with U. S. House Representative Ami Bera (CA-D-7th district) to advocate HR 2619. Robby and the Congressman discussed the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act 2013 (HR 2619). Congressman Bera supports HR 2619 stating, “I am a physician first”. He went on to say that it has become extremely difficult to get anything passed in the House, but remains optimistic. He advised Robby to continue to raise awareness for HR 2619. Great job Robby!

July 8, 2013 –
The Honorable John Lewis from the state of Georgia introduced HR 2619 the
new Medicare Respiratory Therapist Access Act. Please view the HR 2619 tab for more
information. To elevate our profession and for the millions of patients with pulmonary disease,
please send action letters to your Congressional Representative.

May 6, 2013 –
Respiratory Care Board of California discuss Registered Respiratory Therapist
Examination/credential as Minimum Standard for Licensure: Transition Planning

March 12, 2013 –
Russell McCord and Ricardo Guzman return to Washington, DC to participate
in “Day on Capitol Hill”. Joining RCPs and pulmonary patients from all over the United States,
Ricardo and Russell scheduled 17 visits with California representatives in Congress and the
Senate to advocate the new AARC initiative called the “Medicare Respiratory Therapy Access
Act”. Ricardo and Russell wish to thank all of you who took time to send action letters to their

January 31, 2013 –
Respiratory Care Board of California opened discussion regarding the CSRC
position paper for RRT as a minimum requirement for licensure. The board heard comments
from: Donna Murphy, Robby Nijjar, Ricardo Guzman, Russell McCord, Barry Westling, Michael
Monasky and Abbie Rosenberg. Board member Mark Goldstein moved that the Respiratory
Care Board recognize the RRT examination as the minimum requirement for licensure for new
candidates and to investigate the timeline for implementation. All in favor. No one opposed.

October 23, 2009 -
SB 132 the Polysomnography Licensure bill was signed by Governor
Schwarzenegger. This signing is the culmination of 2 years of work by the CSRC and the
Respiratory Care Board. Together we worked very hard to:
1. Bring regulation to an unregulated field.
2. Increase consumer protection.
3. Protect Respiratory Care Practitioners working in the polysomnography field through
insuring that their RCP license would allow them to continue practicing in the field without
being dual licensed.

Many thanks to all who worked tirelessly on this bill from Senator Denham’s office (he sponsored
the bill), the CSRC, and you our members for it is your dues that help pay for our most excellent
Legislative Advocates

October 11, 2009 -
AB1071 also known as the Sunset bill was signed by Governor
Schwarzenegger. If not signed, the Respiratory Care Board would have been dissolved--thus
ending the protection it brings to the consumers and RCPs of California. Thanks to all the CSRC
members who wrote to the Governor to ask for his signature on the bill.

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