The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community
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State Hill Day February 12, 2019 was a big success. Students and WVOTA members to be introduced in the Senate Chamber by Senator Boso and later introduced in the House.

Talking points included explaining what occupational therapy is and HB 2697 and SB. 492. Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act, explaining that we are opposed to this bill unless an amendment is brought forward to include occupational therapy as one of the exempted health care professions.  This bill was killed in committee!  

WVOTA is continuing to monitor and report to the membership on the Education Reform Bill also referred to the Omnibus Bill.  Today in the House of Delegates during the introduction of bills Delegate Amy Summers (R-Taylor) proposed a motion for the House to postpone a Senate education bill indefinitely.

Delegate Summers motioned that the motion to postpone the bill be tabled. The House then voted on Summers' motion to table which passed 52-44 with four members absent. The House referred Senate Bill 451 to the Committee on Education and then Finance.

WHEELING — A bill dealing with how occupations are licensed in West Virginia has caused concern this week among some health care professionals, but the legislation’s lead sponsor says parts of the measure were submitted in error.

Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, said all licensed and accredited health care professionals should have been excluded from the provisions set forth in House Bill 2697, known as “The Occupational Licensing Consumer Choice Act.” The bill’s purpose, as outlined in HB 2697, is to “expand opportunities, promote innovation and increase competition by allowing consumers to make decisions in hiring and contracting with providers of their choice.”

There is a lot of interest in HB2697 and SB492.  The following statement clarifies the position of WVOTA as related to the proposed two bills. 

WVOTA cannot support HB2697 or SB492 and join with our professional colleges in the state of WV to speak in opposition to this  bill.  While HB2697 and SB 492 proposes to reduce barriers for trade and job opportunities, it ignores the long standing consumer protections assured by the hard-earned and well-established licensure laws in the state of West Virginia to understand the urgent and essential role of consumer protection afforded by licensure in the state. 

Hello all WV AOTA members.  It has been my pleasure to represent the therapists of WV in AOTA this year.  The Fall online meeting ended in early November and a lot of business regarding the entry degree level for OT and OTA was discussed.  You can see a summary of the meeting here: at http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/past-meetings.aspx.

Planning as begun for the spring meeting which will be held in New Orleans in April.  The call for motions is active and any motions for consideration by the RA are due by January 2, 2019 by 5:00 p.n. EST. Please feel free to contact me with your motions or ideas about a motion.  You can access the necessary forms and review the process of writing a motion under the RA information heading at https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA.aspx

PLAN TO ATTEND IN THE FALL!

The WVOTA Annual Conference

This 2-day Fall conference is your up-close and personal opportunity to learn how WVOTA and AOTA are working to safeguard and advance your OT practice! Earn contact hours, network, and gain free $ towards NBCOT. Food and drinks provided!

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