OTAO Advocacy Day 2020 CANCELLED
We regret to inform our OTAO members, and all other Oregon OTs, that we will be cancelling OT Advocacy Day, of which was planned for March 3rd. We have been closely monitoring the current political climate in Salem the past few weeks. As you may be aware, House Republican representatives refused to report to the capital today (02/25), to perform their duties. Regardless of your political stance, this makes for a tricky political climate.
How does this impact OT Advocacy Day?
In conversations with your OTAO Lobbyist, she has recently expressed concerns with how our presence may be perceived, given the current climate. Although we want to advocate for our profession, we must ensure we do it in an appropriate manner.
So, what is the plan now?
We will aim to reschedule our Advocacy Day for later in the year. Your Lobbyist, Niki, has reported that the Advocacy Day schedules will be released at the end of March. We will look to identify a date and get notifications out to all Oregon OTs and OTAs at that time. Additionally, we are expecting to identify proposals for 2021. Here are the current hot topics that are currently on our radar:
- Licensure Compact
- Behavioral Health Measures
- K-12 Advocacy
- Loan Forgiveness for Rural Health Providers
***If you have interest in any of these topics, or would like to propose new topics, please reach out to us at OTAOLegislativeCommittee@gmail.com
We look forward to continuing our efforts with all of you very soon,
OTAO Legislative Committee
Brooke, Lori, Michael & Niki
March 3, 2020 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Support Occupational Therapy in Oregon
The OTAO Legislative Committee invites you to take part in a unique opportunity to learn more about the legislative process in Oregon. Join the OTAO Legislative Committee and your OTAO Lobbyist for a day of hands-on education and interaction with your state legislators. For the 2020 session, the Legislative Committee have identified a number of bills that may impact OT’s in Oregon.
(We are currently working our way through them, and plan to disseminate a voter guide in the next couple weeks, so be on the look out!)
The day will include a brief training on:
- The current legislation affecting OT
- The importance of advocacy at the state level
- Tips for interacting with legislators
Be prepared to show your OT expertise as you meet those people that are responsible for crafting the legislation that directly informs OT practice in Oregon. The future of Occupational Therapy in Oregon depends on our collective knowledge and engagement! We hope you will join us on this day!!
Prior to the registration being available for this event, we ask that all those that are planning to attend, please look up you representatives. If you do not know who your state Senate and House Representatives, visit our Find Your Legislators page. Follow the links provided to help you determine who your representatives are. Our Lobbyist asks for this information, prior to Advocacy Day, so that she can schedule your meeting with your specific representatives.
***Note: This information will be required for registration***
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Advocacy Day Event
*Bring your own lunch
Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
Free for OTAO Members
Free for Non-Members
How long should each of my meetings last?
You should expect each of your meetings to last around 15 – 30 minutes, depending on availability of staff or the Member of House/Senate. It will take you approximately 5 – 10 minutes to get back and forth between the Senate side and the House side.
What should I wear to my meetings?
Business attire is appropriate. However, be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking.