Advocacy

2021 Virtual Advocacy

OT Interstate Licensure Compact – Maryland on the Forefront

The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact (OT Compact) is an interstate compact, which is a constitutionally authorized contract between states. The OT Compact will allow licensed OTs and OTAs to practice in all states that join the compact. This compact will remove the hurdle of getting an individual license in each state where they want to practice. The broad goal is to eliminate barriers to OT practice and patient care by ensuring cooperation among state regulatory entities for those states that join the compact.

MOTA is advocating to be one of the first states to pass legislation that would allow MD practitioners to be included in the compact. Our lobbyists were able to secure two bill sponsors and file the Interstate Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact bill (SB 139) that will be addressed in the Maryland General Assembly in this year’s session.

This is a thrilling endeavor! We need to rally Maryland occupational therapy professionals to help in our grassroots efforts to get this bill passed.

Please see otcompact.org where you may watch our Hot Topics webinar to learn more. We are also providing several documents to help you quickly and easily participate in this advocacy effort. Please access these documents via our blog or download them.

  • A sample letter blog post you can send to your representatives after updating with your information
  • Directions on our blog for sending your letter by email
  • Please post your advocacy efforts to the MOTA Facebook group. Simply join the group then post to let us know that you’ve emailed your legislators. We will be monitoring all the letters sent from what is posted to our group and will raffle off a year membership to MOTA!

Please forward information about the virtual advocacy to your therapy friends and encourage them to become MOTA members!


MOTA’s Legislative Platform

Maryland Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) supports an integrative legislative approach that focuses on occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students, health and occupational participation of consumers, and those systems that support services (e.g., hospitals, schools, community programs). 

MOTA supports initiatives that: 

  • Promote quality occupational therapy through education and licensure.
  • Address occupational therapy recruitment, retention, and diversity.
  • Ensure and protect the rights of practitioners to provide quality care within their full scope of practice.
  • Promote client/consumer safety, access to care, education, and self-determination.
  • Advocate maintaining or expanding occupational therapy roles through legislation and targeted initiatives through the Maryland General Assembly.