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Our Role

The Legislative Committee is composed of three board members, the Legislative Chairs. The Legislative Committee works directly with our OTAO Lobbyist, Niki. They meet on a monthly basis to discuss all matters that may impact OTs and OT services from a legislative perspective. The Legislative Committee also reports back to the Board on all legislative updates. Most importantly, the Legislative Committee is YOUR mode of communication to the Board, to your Lobbyist, and to begin developing conversations around any concerns you may have revolving the therapy services you provide.

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Alan Harris, COTA/L

I am a licensed occupational therapy assistant, currently involved with the PACE program Providence. I am a 22-year veteran of the field with 35 years of health care experience. First generation college grad and overall fun guy (that’s me)! I love occupational therapy and I hope that in some ways I can help to advance the field. I believe practitioners of this field are often undervalued and unappreciated. I am hoping that my limited expertise will be overshadowed by my enthusiasm to help and that I will be and asset to the Legislative Team.

What's planned for 2020?

Conversations on a number of hot topics continue, and have been developing as we begin the new year. Topics include:

  • Caseloads vs Workload in the school setting

  • Loan Forgiveness for rural OTs

  • OT Licensure Compact Initiative

  • Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

If there are conversations you would like to begin having, be sure to reach out to the Legislative Committee at otaolegislative@gmail.com. And to keep up with all updates, notifications, and to stay involved in all of the new developments that are important to you, be sure to follow us on Facebook.

DONATE for Oregon OT Lobbying Efforts

Call for OT Month Donations for Oregon Lobbying Efforts

Help us make a difference this OT Appreciation Month! We are excited to announce that an OT Retiree (who wishes to remain anonymous) has offered to match all donations to OTAO Lobbying efforts, up to $1000, through April 2021.

Thank you for helping to reach our goal of $1000 in donations!
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The Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon relies on the generosity of donors such as yourself to best meet your OT needs. If you would like to donate today please click the ‘Donate’ button below.

“It is your membership dollars and support of OTAO that helps us do this.
Thank you, members!”

Interested in volunteering?

Time Commitments:
Individual/group availability.

Opportunity Description:

Interested in working closely with OTAO’s lobbyist and Board of Directors? 

The Legislative Committee invites you to help with:

  • Creating and carrying out action plans to defend or assist OT practice in Oregon,

  • Collaborating with the Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensing Board for both legislative and licensing issues,

  • Collaborating with AOTA on both state and federal legislative issues that affect OT practice in Oregon,

  • Planning and carrying out one occupational therapy legislative day in Salem each year, and

  • Submitting articles to newsletters and/or emails outlining current state and federal legislation that affects OT practice when in session.  

If occupational justice is your passion and you would like to be more involved, we welcome you to join our team!

Contact for More Information:

Legislative Co-Chair’s – Brooke Gentle, OTR/L and Michael Falcon, OTD, OTR/L, MHA, BS
Email: otaolegislative@gmail.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
Email: otaolegislative@gmail.com

Updated Resources:

  • 5/20/2020 OT Night In Event Recording 
  • 5/26/2020 Lobbyist Event Recording 
Call to Action document 
Letter template 
 

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