Advocating for Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

From federally supported Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers to innovative, state and local community mental health services, there are increasing opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners to be a part of recovery-oriented community-based behavioral health programs.

Whether you are advocating for your State to recognize occupational therapy practitioners as Qualified Mental Health Providers, trying to get occupational therapy services in mental health settings reimbursed under Medicaid, or trying to convince a local program that they need to add occupational therapy, this webpage is for you.  Below you will find resources to help promote the distinct value of occupational therapy services in community mental and behavioral health.

Occupational Therapy QMHP Status by State - pdf

Resources Developed to Advocate for Occupational Therapy in Community Mental Health Settings

One Pager: “Occupational Therapy Practitioners: A key member of the Community Behavioral Health team” - pdf

Power Point Presentation: “Occupational Therapy in Mental and Behavioral Health” - pdf

Occupational Therapy Outcomes Measures for Community Mental Health - pdf

AOTA Resources Defining the Role of OT in Mental Health

Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value – Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention” - pdf

Official Document: “Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention in Occupational Therapy Practice” - pdf Member only content

Occupational Therapy in Nationally Recognized Evidence-Based Programs

Occupational Therapy a Core Component of the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Program - pdf  

Guidelines for Assertive Community Treatment Include Occupational Therapy - pdf

Department of Veterans Affairs Occupational Therapy Fact Sheet - pdf

Occupational Therapy Recognized in Federal Behavioral Health Programs - pdf