UPDATE ON BOARD CONSOLIDATION PROPOSALS IN HB 49 (STATE OPERATING BUDGET)

The Ohio House Finance Committee unveiled and adopted a substitute bill for House Bill 49, the state operating budget.  The sub bill made a number of significant changes to the Governor’s budget proposal.  We are thrilled to report that the proposed merger of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board and the State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics was removed from HB 49.  Under the sub bill, no changes will be made to the makeup of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board or the Occupational Therapy Section of the Board.

The State Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics will be eliminated, along with the requirement that those providers be licensed.  The requirement that the Ohio Department of Administrative Services review decisions from any of the state’s licensure boards that could violate federal anti-trust laws is being modified so that the review will now by conducted by the Office of the Common Sense Initiative, which is housed within the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  Overall, we are very pleased that legislators listened to our concerns and removed this problematic language. This is a huge win for the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association and all OT practitioners in Ohio

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ATTENTION PEDIATRIC PRACTITIONERS

Brenda M. George has posted new information about MSP and CPT, and documenting MSP services.  Log into the member area and click the link for the Pediatrics SIS page.

AOTA HONORS OHIO

At the AOTA Conference in April, the national association honored the state of Ohio as number one for its growth in membership.  In the first four months of 2017, our membership grew 11%  Welcome to all our new members!

NEWS FROM THE OOTA BOARD

Election Results.  Our new officers are:  Vice-President:  Kim Lawler, OTR/L; Secretary:  Mary Davis, COTA/L; Treasurer:  Beth Salisbury, MA, OTR/L. The officers will serve for the term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2019. 

New Board Members:  Monica Goetz, OTR/L has accepted the position of Nominations and Recognitions Chair. Wendy Davis, OTR/L has been elected Northeast District Chair.

Open Positions:  OTA Advisor and East Central District Chair.  If you are interested in either position, please contact webmaster@oota.org.

 

2017 OOTA CONFERENCE

 The 2017 OOTA Conference, "Celebrate 100 Years of Occupational Therapy," 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.

The Committee is seeking proposals for presentations and posters:  Call for Papers    Call for Posters

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