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The West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association is a non-profit organization with volunteers that encompasses professionals within the community
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The OTD mandate, announced by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)  in August of 2017 continues to be a serious point of discussion within the profession.  Late Friday, the AOTA Board of Directors passed a motion to put the mandate into abeyance (hit the pause button) until the Representative Assembly can address member concerns.  This follows ACOTE reaffirming their intention to move to the OTD as the  entry level degree for occupational therapists and to maintain two points of entry (Bachelors and Associate) for occupational therapy assistants. 

What wonderful music to our ears.  Today the Senate concurred (agreed) with the House amendments to SB 273 Reducing use of certain prescription drugs (Opioid Reduction Bill).  This means that the House amendment that put occupational therapy back into the bill has officially passed both Houses and will become law after the governor signs it. The bill  passed 33-0 with one absence.  We are anxiously awaiting to see the Enrolled version of the bill to appear on the bill tracker system so we can see for ourselves the final version of the bill. 

SB 273 (Opioid Reduction Bill) was not discussed today Friday in the Senate. Saturday March 10 is the last day of the 2018 Session which will end at midnight. We will be monitoring this bill Saturday via Live Streaming.

Regards,

Sarah Black and Mary Hager

SB 273 with Occupational Therapy in it passed the whole House this morning Thursday March 8. Now it moves back to the SENATE. We don't want Occupational Therapy taken out again in the Senate. The vote to pass this bill will probably happen tomorrow Friday March 9 or it will go into a conference committee to iron out the difference between the HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS.

As stated previously, thanks to your assistance, Occupational Therapy is now in Bill 273 and the next reading should be on Tuesday, March 6th in the House. We are encouraging all to please send emails or CALL your senator and be sure they are aware that OT services need to stay in this bill when it gets back to the senate.

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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