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AOTA Alerts

Updated May 29, 2015

Mental Health: We’re celebrating a mental health advocacy success—occupational therapy is included in the final criteria for programs to expand access to quality mental health services. Read more.

Distinct Value: Learn about the work of an ad hoc committee that created the Distinct Value Statement and what AOTA's plans are for the statement in the near future.

Entry Level Degrees: Read about the work of an ACOTE® task group on entry level degrees for OT and OTA.

Older Drivers Webinar: Learn how to conduct seminars to help people who want to discuss limiting or stopping driving with an older adult during a free online training on June 23 to become a We Need to Talk Facilitator

Strategic Priorities: AOTA's Board of Directors set the following Centennial Vision priorities for the Association in fiscal year 2016, which runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Volunteer Leadership Development Committee continues to seek candidates for a variety of leadership positions. Deadline to apply is June 5.

RA Meeting Summary: AOTA's Representative Assembly (RA) met on April 16. Get a summary of that meeting here.

Evidence Byte: Our new executive summaries of evidence-based practice guidelines help you easily translate evidence into practice. Two newly published practice guidelines with executive summaries are available for purchase—Adults with Stroke and Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults. Find all of AOTA’s practice guidelines here

Therapy Cap: The amendment to permanently repeal the Medicare therapy cap got 58 votes of support, but still failed to pass. Read about what happened that evening in the Senate and find out what’s next for AOTA’s therapy cap advocacy. 

Mental Health Advocacy: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and AOTA is celebrating the introduction of the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act in the new Congress. Write your member of Congress to support H.R. 1761 (it only takes a few clicks!).  

Annual Conference Call for Papers: Have an idea for AOTA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago? The call for papers runs from June 3 to 29. Start planning your proposals now!

Tip Sheets in Spanish: Do your clients speak Spanish? AOTA has six tip sheets available in Spanish. Get them all here

New AJOT: The May/June 2015 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) is available online now

Volunteer Opportunity: The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is currently seeking new members for the Roster of Accreditation Evaluators (RAE) with a strategic emphasis on the recruitment of a diverse pool of accreditation volunteers. Occupational therapy practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply.

Call for Papers: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) announces calls for papers for several upcoming special issues.

AOTA Elections: Congratulations to the winners of the AOTA Elections. New terms begin July 1, 2015.

Board Position Statement: AOTA’s Board of Directors issued a position statement to articulate their view that future occupational therapists will need to be doctorally prepared for entry-level practice by 2025. Read about the background and the process moving forwardPros and Cons table updated September 8, 2014. Schedule for webinars added September 11, 2014Information on Task Force added November 10, 2014.