Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Representative Assembly

RA motions and AOTA Special Task Force

Dear MAOT Members,

I wanted to let you know the results of the Fall RA meeting that took place last week. I want to be completely transparent with you so I have listed the constituent feedback I received and how I voted on each motion. I have also posted the final results of the meeting. In the near future I will be requesting additional feedback from you to prepare for the Spring RA meeting. I am truly appreciative of all of the feedback I received for the fall meeting and ask that you stay committed to advocating for the profession.

  • 1)      Motion 1: Update Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants – a vote to postpone voting on this motion was received and I received feedback from constituents as follows;

31 constituents asked me to vote to postpone

17 constituents asked me to vote not to postpone

I voted to postpone voting on this motion until the Special Task Force has a chance to provide the RA with the information it gathers

Results of Voting: Motion 1- Update Policy E.6 Entry-Level Education of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants was postponed to the Spring 2019 RA meeting ; 29 yes in favor to postpone

16 no in favor to postpone

0 abstain

45 total votes were cast

28 constituents asked me to vote in favor of this motion

12 constituents asked me to vote no on this motion

I voted in favor of passing this voting motion

Results of All Voting on Motion 2-

Motion 2: This motion passed and was Adopted

Yes – 35

No – 30

Abstain – 1

Invalid Voter – 1

Results of All Voting on Motion 3- This Motion passed and was Adopted

Yes – 53

No – 14

Abstain – 0

Invalid Voter – 1

11 constituents asked to vote in favor of this motion

5 constituents asked to vote no on this motion

I voted in favor of passing this motion

Results of All Voting on Motion 4- This motion passed and was Adopted

Yes – 49

No – 15

Abstain – 0

Invalid Voter – 1

Results of All Voting on Motion 5: This motion was Defeated

Yes – 21

No – 40

Abstain – 3

Invalid Voter - 1

I will provide any additional information, survey results, research and data I received from the AOTA Special Task Force and from the RA Ad Hoc committee as I received it. Please continue to provide me with your feedback during this critical time for the profession. Thank you for your time

Jeramie Silveira

Jeramie Silveira, OTD

Chairperson Occupational Therapy

Massachusetts Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly Salem State University

352 Lafayette St.

Salem, MA 01915

978-542-6694

jsilveira@salemstate.edu


Hello AOTA Members from Massachusetts,

Thank you for supporting our profession through your membership in AOTA. 

Our fall online RA meeting is fast approaching and will take place November 5-12, 2018.  Please take time to review the meeting Agenda and 5 Member Motions under consideration by the RA.

Please note items on the agenda include consideration of entry-level degree for OTA and OT.

You may also review the status of all motions received which includes motions that were referred to the Board, RACC, and those rescinded in the Agenda Committee Report.   

As you know by now, a Special Task Force has been formed by the AOTA Board of Directors to determine the external issues surrounding the entry point for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to the profession that warrant further investigation and to facilitate the data gathering process.

Much information has already been assembled regarding the educational mandate which can be accessed through the following documents:

Please provide me with your feedback on any of the issues we will be addressing in our upcoming meeting by emailing me at jsilveira@salemstate.edu. Please include Massachusetts RA Feedback in the subject line so I don’t miss your input.

Thank you for your time,

Jeramie Silveira

Jeramie Silveira, OTD

Chairperson Occupational Therapy

Massachusetts Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly Salem State University

352 Lafayette St.

Salem, MA 01915

978-542-6694

jsilveira@salemstate.edu

 

Summary of the Spring 2018 Online Meeting of the Representative Assembly (RA)

The Representative Assembly (RA) met online from March 26 to April 2, 2018. The primary item of business was adoption of the new document “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Case Management.” This document passed with a vote of 49 in favor and 4 against.

Additional time during the meeting was devoted to a discussion facilitated by Penelope (Penny) Moyers, EdD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, a past president of AOTA and Dean of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health & the Graduate College, St. Catherine University and CEO of Learning Spires, an organizational consulting firm. The purpose of the discussion was to imagine an RA of the future and its potential role as a “BIG IDEA” for guiding AOTA to achieve the goals outlined in Vision 2025. The discussion was structured in three parts, answering first the “BIG WHY,” then “WHAT IF,” and, finally, the “HOW MIGHT WE” questions with open brainstorming, without constraints.

The themes that emerged in each part of the discussion are being collated by Dr. Moyers. Design briefs will be created that will form the framework for change, and this work will be done by newly formed Design Task Groups going forward. This activity was initiated to address some of the challenges that have emerged related to RA recruitment, role delineation, outreach to and input from constituents and the process of bringing forward meaningful business through member motions

The meeting was adjourned at 5:27 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 2, 2018.

.Sincerely,

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department

Salem State University

Massachusetts RA Representative

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Dear AOTA Members of Massachusetts,

The Representative Assembly, the professional standards and policy setting body of AOTA, recently conducted business during a Spring meeting.  For information on the outcomes of that meeting, please read the meeting summary located on the AOTA website at http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/summary-spring-2017-meeting.aspx

Below is a brief summary of the business conducted at the Spring meeting:

The Representative Assembly (RA) met on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Philadelphia. A consent agenda was adopted that included the following:

  • Delivery of the Commission on Practice (COP) report on Telehealth to the Board of Directors for implementation of recommendations as outlined.
  • Adoption of the position paper, “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Medication Management”
  • Adoption of the position paper, “The Importance of Primary Care Education in Occupational Therapy Curricula”

In addition, a motion from the President’s report to adopt a resolution reaffirming our commitment to occupation-based practice was passed. This will become a policy and will be added to the AOTA Policy Manual. A motion to direct several bodies of the RA to develop professional and educational tools and supports related to cultural diversity and humility was also adopted with some minor language revisions. This directs the Ethics Commission (EC) to add language addressing bias and discrimination among students and practitioners to its existing ethics advisory opinion on cultural competency; the Commission on Education (COE)to develop a Blueprint for teaching cultural competence and humility; and staff revising the Professional Development Tool (PDT) to develop a section on cultural competence and sensitivity.

A motion to convene a small ad hoc committee of content experts to compile resources to support the role occupational therapy plays in reducing and preventing opioid drug abuse was also passed by the RA.

Finally, a motion to create a new division of the Academic Leadership Council for Academic Fieldwork and Capstone Coordinators was adopted with minor terminology changes. Motions to adopt a societal statement on Sustainability and to form an ad hoc committee to develop an educational plan for feeding, eating, and swallowing resources to support practitioners working in that area and pursuing specialty certification were defeated.  

As your AOTA representative, I invite you to become engaged in the work of the Assembly by working with me to propose professional standards or policy motions within the purview of the RA or by seeking opportunities to become a member of the RA in an upcoming election. 

It is my pleasure to serve as your AOTA representative and I am happy to assist you in answering any questions you might have about the work of the RA and how we can work together to support the profession.

Sincerely,

Jeramie A Silveira

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department

Salem State University

Massachusetts RA Representative

Jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO  THE AOTA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

 Call for Motions

Greetings AOTA Colleagues,

The AOTA Representative Assembly accepts proposals for motions year round. As we gear up for our Fall Assembly meeting (October 19-26, 2016), I encourage you to think deeply about professional standards and policies that AOTA could develop that would move the profession forward, particularly as our profession faces many changes due to healthcare reform.

Any member can make a motion and motions can be proposed by groups as well. All motions going before the Representative Assembly (RA) must be within the scope of the Assembly's function and purpose, which is the establishment of professional standards and policies.

Motions must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are relevant to contemporary practice of occupational therapy
  • Are of national importance and relevance
  • Relate to a broad range of AOTA members
  • Are appropriate for consideration by a national professional association
  • Move the profession forward in a meaningful way

Please consider submitting a motion that could be considered for either the Fall or Spring RA meeting. You can do this by:

·         Contacting your Representative to start the process http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Roster.aspx

·         Visiting AOTA's  website http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Motions.aspx and completing a Motion Submission Form, with the support of your Rep.

·         Email motions@aota.org

·         Phone 1-800-ASK-AOTA and ask for the RA Staff liaison, Deb Slater(dslater@aota.org)

THANK YOU for being an active and engaged member of AOTA and for your continued support of our profession!

Warm regards,

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

 

Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest

Summary of the Spring 2016 RA Meeting: April 7, 2016


5/12/2016

The Representative Assembly (RA) met on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. The Assembly passed substitute motions for two that were initiated by AOTA members. The first motion charges the Commission on Practice (COP) to investigate professional policy and practice issues related to telehealth and occupational therapy in conjunction with content experts and AOTA staff to make recommendations to the RA for the spring 2017 meeting. The second motion charges the Speaker, with recommendations from the Board, to establish an ad hoc committee to:

1) develop a fact sheet that highlights the benefits of, and supports occupational therapy intervention in the area of seating and wheeled mobility (SWM)—including durable medical equipment (DME) and complex rehabilitation technology (CRT); and

2) develop a plan for educational materials that will support practitioners working at an advanced level in SWM.

Recruitment for candidates for the SWM ad hoc will be done in the near future by the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC).

In addition, a number of motions brought forward by the ad hoc committees on licensure portability, case management, and OTA entry level education were adopted, most with some changes in language. The final motions include:

  • AOTA support for  state licensure models that allow for licensure portability, including but not limited to an Interstate Licensure Compact for Occupational Therapy 
  • A letter to state licensure boards conveying AOTA support for recognition of continuing education courses/workshops/seminars related to case management as acceptable to meet licensure renewal requirements for occupational therapy practitioners working in case management roles
  • An official document on the role of occupational therapy practitioners in case management
  • Development of an online forum on OT Connections under SIS sponsorship for OT practitioners interested or working in case management roles
  • A charge to the Commission on Education (COE) to revise the AOTA Blueprint for Entry Level Education to reflect the latest edition of the relevant AOTA documents  ; and to consider the OTA bachelor’s degree, along with the OTA Associates, OT master’s, and OT doctoral degrees, in crafting this new edition
  • A charge to the COE to consider the different entry-level degrees when reviewing and revising the AOTA Occupational Therapy Assistant Model Curriculum (2008) and the Occupational Therapy Model Curriculum (2008)
  • A  request from the Speaker to the Board to direct the AOTA Executive Director to identify and implement strategies to develop qualified occupational therapy assistants to be educators in entry-level occupational therapy assistant programs

Lastly, the following official document was adopted: Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance. If you have any questions about the motions or anything else from the minutes of the spring meeting please contact me.

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

 

Greetings AOTA Colleagues,

The AOTA Representative Assembly accepts proposals for motions year round. As we gear up for our Fall Assembly meeting (October 19-26, 2016), I encourage you to think deeply about professional standards and policies that AOTA could develop that would move the profession forward, particularly as our profession faces many changes due to healthcare reform.

Any member can make a motion and motions can be proposed by groups as well. All motions going before the Representative Assembly (RA) must be within the scope of the Assembly's function and purpose, which is the establishment of professional standards and policies.

Motions must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are relevant to contemporary practice of occupational therapy
  • Are of national importance and relevance
  • Relate to a broad range of AOTA members
  • Are appropriate for consideration by a national professional association
  • Move the profession forward in a meaningful way

Please consider submitting a motion that could be considered for either the Fall or Spring RA meeting. You can do this by:

·         Contacting your Representative to start the process http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Roster.aspx

·         Visiting AOTA's  website http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Motions.aspx and completing a Motion Submission Form, with the support of your Rep.

·         Email motions@aota.org

·         Phone 1-800-ASK-AOTA and ask for the RA Staff liaison, Deb Slater(dslater@aota.org)

THANK YOU for being an active and engaged member of AOTA and for your continued support of our profession!

Warm regards,

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

 


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