Ohio Senate Preserves Licensure Board Structure

Thanks to the hard work of OOTA members and occupational therapy licensees, we were able to secure an amendment to House Bill 49 that removed the elimination of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board (OTPTAT Board).  Recall that the Senate Substitute Bill for HB 49, the State Operating Budget, included an amendment to merge the OTPTAT Board with the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (OPP Board).  Under this new State Physical Health Services Board, OT representation would have been reduced significantly.  We are happy to report that this controversial merger was removed and the language in HB 49 reflects current law, included the preservation of the OT section.

To resolve the question of OPP licensure, the Senate included a provision that places these roughly 400 licensees under the purview of the OTPTAT Board.  Senators were not interested in restoring the OPP Board as an independent licensure board.  A new OPP advisory committee will be created under the OTPTAT Board to make recommendations on OPP licensure. None of these changes will impact the make-up of the OT Section or the full OTPTAT Board.  While this is not ideal, it does ensure that the existing structure of OT regulation remains intact.  This provision will not create a financial challenge for the OTPTAT Board as the board operates on a significant surplus. 

What this means for us is that both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate versions of HB 49 retain the current structure of the OTPTAT Board; the only difference between the two is the creation of the OPP advisory committee in the Senate version.  The final step in the budget process is the formation of a Conference Committee to resolve differences between the two versions of the budget.  The Conference Committee for HB 49 is expected to wrap up their work on June 27th and both chambers will vote on the conference report on June 28th.   We do not expect any surprises in the next week—OOTA will remain vigilant to ensure that OT licensure is protected in HB 49.  Thank you to everyone who wrote or called their Senators!


Agency and Practice Updates for School-based Practitioners

Brenda George MS, OTR/L will offer this one-day workshop in 8 different district regions.  The workshop will provide information about legislation impacting our practice, highlights and information about agency activities, practice resources and more.  6.0 contact hours are offered, including 1 ethics hour. Most workshops will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. School based practitioners employed or contracted are encouraged to attend to learn more about regulations, policies and practices.  This is a prime networking opportunity with practitioners in your region to bridge school, home and community services. For more information and to register,  visit 2017 Summer Pediatric Workshops.


The 2017 OOTA Conference, "Occupational Therapy: 100 Years and Growing!" will be held November 3-4 with preconference on November 2. This year the West Central District will plan and host the event at the University of Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45409. AOTA President Dr. Amy Lamb will bring the Keynote Address.

 Exhibit opportunities, handbook advertising and sponsorships are available:   2017 Conference