org Stage of Development ADHP educational DHAT practice began in competencies were Alaska in 2004.
While neither the ADT nor the ADHP is currently licensed (currently, no state has established the ADHP provider), the experience and evaluation of the DHAT model strongly suggest that these emerging providers will add new members to the oral health care team and provide an additional point of entry into the oral health care system for those who are underserved by the current system.
Education for the DHATs currently serving in Alaska has been conducted at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in an internationally recognized and regionally accredited school of dentistry with 85 years of experience in developing and implementing this highly successful practice model.
Developed by the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) and practicing on Tribal lands in Alaska, DHATs are not regulated by the state government; rather, they are regulated by the federal government because they practice on federal lands.
Also in Kansas, a local coalition working with the Kellogg Foundation has introduced companion bills (House Bill 2280 and Senate Bill 192) to create a registered dental practitioner (RDP) who would practice both the hygiene scope and a restorative scope similar to the Alaska DHATs under a type of collaborative supervision.