Legislation updating the Indiana Occupational Therapy scope of practice has been signed by Governor Mike Pence (R) and will go into effect July 1, 2014. The bill revises the definitions used in the occupational therapy practice act to include contemporary language and more clearly define the distinct value of occupational therapy. In addition the bill sets referral requirements when a medical condition is identified through evaluation, codifies education standards, and establishes requirements for occupational therapists to provide certain interventions.
The Indiana Occupational Therapy Association, with the support of the American Occupational Therapy Association, worked with the sponsors of the legislation (Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R) and Senator Patricia Miller (R)) and other interested parties to develop the compromise language of the bill and usher it through the legislative process.
Pictured from left to right (sitting): Representative Cindy Kirchofer, Governor Mike Pence, Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Jean Leising; (standing) Barb Blain, Rosemary Armour, Linda Herner, Lisa Wicks, Candace Beitman, Loba Ogunmola, Thom Fisher and Colleen Waseman