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Policy Updates

  • Fri, July 18, 2014 2:58 PM | Tiana Nguyen (Administrator)

    AOTA Hill Day is on Monday, September 15th this year. Hill Day is a great opportunity to gain important advocacy skills and speak with members of Congress about the issues that directly affect our profession in the District and nationally. Space is limited so register early by selecting the following link: http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/Hill-Day.aspx

    DCOTA plans to send representation and would like to connect with anyone from the District who is attending, so please let us know once you register. If you have any specific issues that you would like to see discussed with members of Congress regarding the profession, please email advocacy@dcota.org

  • Thu, June 26, 2014 2:58 PM | Tiana Nguyen (Administrator)

    The Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act calls for inclusion of occupational therapy in the definition of Mental Health Professional by the National Health Service Corp (NHSC). Not only will this provide greater access to the specialized skills of occupational therapy for individuals with mental illness but OTs working in Mental Health would be eligible to participate in the NHSC loan forgiveness program.

    In early May the Strengthening Mental Health in our Communities Act was introduced in the House of Representatives and includes a number of provisions that include ones to expand and improve upon mental health services and developing the behavioral health workforce. This bill, similarly to the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act, calls for the inclusion of occupational therapy in the definition of mental and behavioral health professionals. The inclusion of occupational therapy in this bill is strong recognition for the important role that occupational therapy plays in mental health assessment and treatment.

    We are calling on our members to keep abreast of this important issue and to write to members of Congress in supporting the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act. For more information on this issue please follow this link to AOTAs Legislative Action Center:

     http://capwiz.com/aota/home/

  • Wed, June 25, 2014 2:55 PM | Tiana Nguyen (Administrator)

    Living and working in the District puts us in a very unique situation with great opportunities for advocacy right on our doorstep.  AOTA has some useful tips on how to get involved in advocacy and DCOTA encourages our members to consider reaching out to members of Congress regarding the issues that affect occupational therapy practice in the District and nationally. Members of Congress have reported that face-to-face meetings have the most impact when it comes to hearing from their constituents so consider joining AOTA for Hill Day in September or consider making an individual appointment with a local member of Congress to discuss the issues that are important to you. Please refer to AOTAs “Take Action” page for all the information you need to know about the big issues affecting OT and having your voice heard:

    http://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/Congressional-Affairs/Tips-and-Tools.aspx

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