The legislation limits dental therapists to primarily practicing in settings that serve low-income, uninsured and underserved populations or in a dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
Settings that serve low-income, uninsured and underserved patients
- Critical access dental provider settings
- Dental Hygiene collaborative practice settings
- Military/veterans administration hospital, clinic, etc.
- Private residences for home-bound patients
- Oral health educational institutions
- Clinics in which at least 50% of DT patients consist of patients who:
- Are enrolled in a MN health care program
- Have a medical disability/chronic condition that creates an access barrier
- Have no health coverage and have gross family income < 200% federal poverty level
Settings in a dental Health Professional Shortage Area
A Health Professional Shortage area is defined as an area that meets criteria established by the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is designated as such under United States code, title 42, section 254e.
Resources for dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
- Health Professional Shortage Areas fact sheet
- Minnesota Health Professional Shortage Areas
- Minnesota Dental HPSA Designations map