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Occupational Therapy Practitioners Advisory Council

Active dates:1996-2017

Advises the Commissioner of Health regarding licensing standards, enforcement of licensing statutes, action on licensing applications and disciplinary actions; provide for distribution of information on occupational therapy practitioners licensing standards.


The Minnesota Department of Health was responsible for licensing occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Minnesota. The Department first began regulating occupational therapy practitioners in June 1996 with a system of registration. The regulations for registration prohibited the use of protected titles unless education, supervised fieldwork and examination requirements were met and the practitioner registered with the Commissioner of Health. In 2000, the Legislature enacted a licensing law to regulate the practice of occupational therapy. The definition and scope of occupational therapy practice remained the same.

The Occupational Therapy Practitioners Advisory Council was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the council.

In 2017 the Minnesota Legislature created the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice, which now oversees licensure and regulation of occupational therapists (see Laws of Minn. 2017, 1st Sp. Sess., chap. 6). The same law that created the board eliminated this advisory council.

Subordinate to:
Minnesota Department of Health

The seven members include two public members, two occupational therapists, two occupational therapy assistants, and one other credentialed practitioner who works collaboratively with occupational therapy practitioners.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Record last updated: 08/04/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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