Dear Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Today, Aug 25, 2016, I attended the Allied Health Board Continued Competency Subcommittee Meeting (this meeting was open to the Public).
Regulations were drafted to address continuing competency for occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners in the State of Massachusetts.
Key components include:
24 units per licensing cycle (every 2 years) with the same requirements for OT and OTA and PT and PTA.
Activities can come from a variety of avenues with some limits on the number of units in various categories (similar to NBCOT).
Lapsed licenses will be subject to additional requirements.
The AH Board will conduct audits. Documentation must be kept by the licensee.
Th AH Board will have the ability to suspend, require additional units, pay a fine, etc.
Requirements will include 2 units of jurisprudence and 2 units of ethics per licensing cycle.
Proposed regulations will be edited and reviewed by the whole Allied Health Board.
First focus will be on changes to our existing regulations as per the Public Hearing on August 19, 2916 with a Promulgation date expected to be October 21, 2016.
And the State will need to have "pause" lifted in order to go forward (per the Executive Order 562) in order to go forward in the process with the continuing competency regulations.
However…it is of note that that of the fifty states, forty-five have continuing education requirements for license renewal and six do not (Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, and Massachusetts). It is also of concern that within the Division of Professional Licensure, there are currently twenty-eight boards. Of these twenty-eight boards, twenty-two have continuing education requirements, three are under development, and three do NOT have any requirements (Barbers/Cosmetologists, Landscape Architects, and Allied Health Professionals). So ther is an understanding at the Division of Professional Licensure that this is an area that needs to be addressed.
Karen J. Hefler, OTR/L
MAOT Government Relations Representative