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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

Our WVOTA Legislative Day will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the State Capitol in Charleston.

Contact Mary Hagar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sarah Black at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 1, 2019 if you plan on coming. 

They will coordinate legislative appointments with your representatives and arrange table space as needed the Capitol Rotunda.

This morning the President signed into law a permanent repeal of the cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services. After 20 years of looming threat, the therapy cap will never again put beneficiaries at risk for being denied essential occupational therapy services.

Many of you have seen firsthand the devastating effects that a cap on occupational therapy services can have on the clients we serve. Like some of you, I lost my job when the cap first took effect in 1999. Today, because of you, this policy is no more! Over the years, you have written hundreds of thousands of letters to tell Congress to stop the cap. You have placed thousands of phone calls to tell Congress why occupational therapy is essential for our clients.

wvota award pictureDelegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer and Delegate Amy Summers both received awards this past weekend from the WV Occupational Therapy Association. Delegate Fleischauer, D-Monongalia is a former Vice Chair of the House Health and Human Resources Committee. Delegate Summers, R-Taylor, is the current Vice Chair.

The WV Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) held its annual meeting at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The organization awarded its “Spirit of the WVOTA Award” to the two delegates because of their work on Senate Bill 273, which relates to reducing the problems of opiate abuse in West Virginia. The Delegates made sure that occupational therapists were among the health professionals who are licensed and compensated to provide care for patients with opioid addiction.

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WVOTA joined AOTA and occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and students across the country as we help others Live Life To Its Fullest by avoiding the pain and injury that can come from heavy backpacks and bags. Students, parents, educators, school administrators, and community members will learn safety tips to stay protected from back pain throughout life. You have the chance to help by organizing local events and educating people of all ages about proper bag usage. Teach others how to properly choose, pack, lift, and carry various types of bags—including backpacks, purses, briefcases, and suitcases. 

We typically celebrate AOTA’s National School Backpack Awareness Day annually on the third Wednesday of each September. This year's event will officially take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

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!

Connect with WVOTA

WVOTA and National School Backpack Awareness Day
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.
Repeal of cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.
Fleischauer And Summers Receive Awards For Work On Opioid Abuse Solutions
The mission of the West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (WVOTA) is to help support, protect and advocate for the Occupational Therapy professionals who practice within West Virginia.
West Virginia Occupational Therapy Association shared a link.