Association Policies. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(Supplement_2):7012420005p1-7012420005p2. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.706S11.
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© 2017 American Occupational Therapy Association
The Association supports licensure of qualified occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in order to protect consumers from services by unqualified practitioners, the right of qualified occupational therapists to provide occupational therapy services, and the right of occupational therapy assistants to assist in the provision of occupational therapy services.
The Association respects the autonomy and rights of affiliated state occupational therapy associations and the authority of their respective state legislatures.
The Association supports state licensure models that allow for licensure portability, including but not limited to an interstate licensure compact for occupational therapy.
The Association encourages the use of its Policy E.10 Definition of Occupational Therapy Practice for State Regulation and the Model Occupational Therapy Practice Act to ensure state-by-state uniformity of: (1) standards of practice; (2) scope of occupational therapy practice definitions; (3) supervision standards; (4) entry-level licensing requirements; and (5) consumer protection provisions, as well as to facilitate licensure portability.
The Association supports those legislative bills that are in concert with currently established policies as indicated below:
In the event that any state legislation is proposed that is in conflict with these established policies, the Association President and/or designee(s) are authorized to bring the discrepancies to the attention of all members in the state and work for modifications of the bill or take action necessary to safeguard the integrity of the profession.
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