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Title: Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practitioners
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Description: All unlicensed complementary and alternative health care providers (CAP) must comply with Minn. Stat. Chapter 146A. These practitioners provide healing methods and treatments that are not usually provided in a traditional medical setting. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Subject: Alternative Health Care
Health Care
Health Care Providers
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:18:12 PM
Modification Date: 6/21/2023 4:52:56 PM
Agency Name: Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of
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Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Health is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.
Agency Phone: 651-201-5000
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Agency Address: Health, Minnesota Dept. of
625 Robert St. N.
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul
Division Name: Health Regulation Division -Health Occupations Program -Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practitioners
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Division Phone: 651-201-4200
Division Fax: Division URL:
Division Address:
85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882 or
Health Occupations Program
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, MN
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Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice (CAP) means the broad domain of complementary and alternative healing methods and treatments, including but not limited to:  
●  acupressure  
●  anthroposophy  
●  aroma therapy  
●  ayurveda  
●  body work, massage, and massage therapy  
●  cranial sacral therapy  
●  culturally traditional healing practices  
●  detoxification practices and therapies  
●  energetic healing  
●  folk practices  
●  Gerson therapy and colostrum therapy  
●  healing practices utilizing food, food supplements, nutrients, and the physical forces of heat, cold, water, touch and light  
●  healing touch  
●  herbology or herbalism  
●  homeopathy 
●  meditation  
●  mind-body healing practices  
●  naturopathy  
●  nondiagnostic iridology  
●  noninvasive instrumentalities  
●  polarity therapy  
●  traditional Asian practices, such as Qi Gong energy healing

The last section of the law requires each practitioner to provide each client with a client bill of rights prior to service (Minn. Stat. § 146A.11). A client bill of rights must also be posted in a prominent location in the office. The purpose of the client bill of rights is to give all clients access to relevant information about the complementary and/or alternative service they will receive, and information about how to file a complaint if they are dissatisfied. There is specific statutory language which must be copied identically from the statute. This language is in quotations. Also, each client must sign a statement showing that s/he received the bill of rights. 
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Statutes: 146A

Fees: No fee.
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Activity: Alternative Health Care
Complementary Health Care
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Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice (CAP)

Home Care Facilities, Providers and Insurance

Minnesota Department of Health


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