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OTA Licensing Update

Tuesday, May 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Poole
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OTAs Officially Licensed as of May 18th!

Our congratulations to all occupational therapy assistants who have been registered with the New York State Education Department and authorized to practice. You are now officially a licensed professional in New York!

After nearly 14 years of working on state legislation to license the OTA, NYSOTA was finally successful. For many years OTAs were denied full licensing in New York because of their Associates degree level education.

Governor Cuomo signed the OTA License bill, S1567A, by Senator LaValle, on 11/20/15, now Chapter 470 of the laws of 2015. The enactment clause in the bill however delayed the official date the law went into effect for 180 days.

NYSOTA also must thank Assembly member Gunther for fighting so hard to get this legislation passed.

The purpose of such a delayed enactment is to allow the executive branch, in this case the state education department, the time to put into place any necessary regulations that are necessary to carry out the new law. And indeed, there will be a few small technical amendments to the commissioner's regulations.

The new law will not require any changes in the need to renew registration with the State Education Department.

There are no changes in fees for occupational therapy assistants.

There are no changes in the scope of practice of occupational therapy assistants. Their scope of practice is set forth in commissioner's regulations.

There are no changes in supervision regulations.

There are no changes in continuing competency requirements.

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