OTAO Legislative Committee

Your OT Advocates

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.

Who Are We?

Brooke Gentle, OTR/L

Brooke graduated from the University of Puget Sound Occupational Therapy Program in 2007. She has experience working as an occupational therapist in long term care, acute care, home health, outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and schools. She has been working for the Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District for the past 6 years, where she specializes in early intervention, feeding, and school based consultation. Brooke serves as a representative for her district’s OEA local union, and she represents region #4 on the statewide Regional Services for Orthopedic Impairment Professional Learning Team. 

Occupational Profile: Brooke was born and raised in Oregon, She is the mother of a delightful 11 year old boy. She highly values integrity, equality, kindness, and community. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, reading, writing, and learning. 

Michael received his Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy, along with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, from Pacific University. He currently works with pediatrics in the school setting and serves on the Legislative Committee in the Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon (OTAO). Currently, he also holds a seat on the Presidential Task Force on the Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates, through the International Association for the Study of Pain. (IASP).

Michael has a passion for international OT and program development. His previous work includes program development for children with socialization deficits in Ecuador, training to local medical communities in Ibarra, Ecuador, and humanitarian work in Haiti.

His most recent projects include training Occupational Therapy students in Haiti and consulting with a local Oregon school district in developing pain and opioid curriculum for High School programs. He has also presented at conferences such as AOTA 2016 in Chicago, WFOT 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa and OTAO 2019 in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Michael Falcon, OTD, OTR/L, MHA, BS

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 legislative@otao.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

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.

Help us reach our goal of reaching $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: legislative@otao.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
Email: legislative@otao.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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