Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Representative Assembly

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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This April at the Annual AOTA Conference in Orlando, the Representative Assembly (RA) will be asked to vote on extensive changes to the structure of AOTA governance.  These changes which have been proposed by an Ad Hoc Committee on Participation, aims to increase leadership development and member participation.

As your representative it is my responsibility is to be the voice of the members in Massachusetts. Therefore I want to ensure that all members are aware and understand the proposed changes to AOTA as well as have an opportunity to provide feedback.  I have attached several links which will enable you to learn about the recommendations of the Participation Task Force as well as how to provide feedback and ask questions.

1. OT Practice, volume 15, issue 1, page 5

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aota/otpractice_vol15issue1/index.php#/6

2. PowerPoint presentation of the AdHoc-Review committee:

http://www.aota.org/Participation/AdHoc-Review.aspx

3. OT connections link for AOTA members to provide feedback and ask questions relative to the proposed changes:

http://otconnections.aota.org/forums/t/4291.aspx

4. Members may also email questions and comments to MAOT at:   info@maot.org

5. Lastly, I will be available at the MAOT Spring SIG Conference March 27, 2010 for any members who would like to ask questions or comment on the proposed changes.
 
I hope that we will be able to have an active and comprehensive dialog in Massachusetts about these recommendations and how they will impact our state and occupational therapy practitioners practicing here before the RA meets in April.

I look forward to hearing from all of you. 

Regards,

Michelle M. Savrann, MHA, OTRL

MA Representative AOTA

Ssav38@comcast.net

2008 Representative Assembly Meeting Highlights

The following is a brief summary of some of the 59 actions taken by the AOTA Representative Assembly (RA) at their April 2008 meeting in Long Beach, California as they continued to work on achieving the Association's Centennial Vision. For more details, contact your representative(s) listed on the RA Roster located in Leadership & Governance on the AOTA Web site and www.aota.org.

Motions From Members
Motion 1 asked the Association that core competencies be developed for entry-level occupational therapists for practice related to physical rehabilitation of the upper extremity across diverse contexts and the lifespan. This motion was defeated with three substitute motions adopted. The first substitute motion charged the “President to direct the Executive Director to develop a fact sheet regarding occupational therapy practice in physical rehabilitation of the upper extremity by the 2008 RA Online meeting.” The second motion charged the “President to recommend that the Blueprint for Education for the Future Ad Hoc Committee include in their recommendations course content to retain excellence in physical rehabilitation.” The final motion charged the President to direct the Executive Director to deliver a presentation regarding the state of education of core sciences in OT and OTA programs at the Program Director's meeting. The “presentation should highlight the demand for core sciences education by the marketplace, payers, regulatory agencies, and practice. In addition, the presentation should reference program models currently in existence with strong core science education with a report back to the face-to-face 2009 RA meeting.”

Motion 2 asked the RA to recommend that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) reconsider the possibility of OTAs participating in OT educational programs as Academic Fieldwork Coordinators. This motion was defeated. The Assembly reinforced its support of the 2006 ACOTE Standards that were developed with input from members and regulators for Academic Fieldwork Coordinators. Currently, OTAs may serve as Academic Fieldwork Coordinators for OTA level programs and may be “delegated administrative duties such as coordination and acquisition of fieldwork sites in masters and/or doctoral level OT programs.”

Motion 3 requested that a task force categorize our current library holdings and recommend items that need to be prioritized to a more durable digital/electronic form. This motion was defeated. A substitute motion was passed requesting that the Executive Director of AOTF report the following by the 2009 RA meeting: 1. Current condition and location of archives; 2. Procedures for archiving historical documents of all media types; 3. Timeline for completing the archival process already underway; and 4. Plan for increasing availability of documents for future utilization via a variety of formats.

Education and Fieldwork
The Commission on Education's (COE) revised statement titled Academic Terminal Degree was adopted. The RA established that the “official position of AOTA is one that supports the associate degree as the requirement for entry to the field as an occupational therapy assistant.” It charged the President to recommend to ACOTE implementation of a 5-year timeline for the existing three certificate level programs to transition to the associate degree level. “This transition period may be extended for good cause showing.” A motion was adopted to implement COE's Voluntary Credentialing for Fieldwork Education Program (VCFWE) for the 2009 AOTA Conference. The intent is that this will be an ongoing program that provides a “model for best practices in the foundational skills for the fieldwork educator role.” Finally, the President was charged to develop educational materials that capture the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Two Points of Entry in the Profession to “educate students, AOTA members, and external agencies about the rationale and benefits of two points of entry into the profession.”

Leadership Development
Three motions were adopted from the President's Ad Hoc Committee on Association Leadership. These included motions to “operationalize Coordinated Online Opportunities for Leadership (C.O.O.L.);” for the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee (BPPC) to include the transition development planning process in all appropriate documents; and for the President, through the Emerging Leaders Development Ad Hoc Committee, to “carry out the planning and preparation for a pilot Emerging Leaders Development Program” by 2010.

Societal Issues
The new societal statement on Livable Communities was referred back to the RA Coordinating Council (RACC) for additional edits. The RACC will also be working with the BPPC on revision of Policy 1.30-R Official Documents to further define the types of official documents produced by the Association.

Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs)
Four motions brought forward by the OTA Leadership Ad Hoc Committee or the OTA Representative to the RA were adopted, including: creating an OTA Toolkit to be posted on the Web; four articles in OT Practice that spotlight OTA leaders; revising governance documents to include the “need for an OTA perspective for committees, commissions, ad hoc committees, etc.”; and updating the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook regarding OTAs.

Practice
The COP revised Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process was adopted. Early intervention (EI) initiatives were passed, including a charge to the President to recommend that the Blue Print for the Future of Education Ad Hoc Committee consider including course content in four areas. These areas include assessment and intervention, overview of Part C in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), evidence-based practice in EI, and various methods of teaming used in EI. The School System Special Interest Section's name was changed to Early Intervention & School SIS (EISIS).

AOTPAC
The RA passed a motion supporting100% financial contribution of Assembly members to AOTPAC in honor of their 30th anniversary and successfully completed the charge raising over $11,000. The RA Leadership Team (RALT) will be developing a statement challenging every AOTA member to make a financial contribution to AOTPAC during this critical election year.

MAOT - Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc.
Phone: 781.647.5556 - Email: info@maot.org

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