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Board of Occupational Therapy Practice
Active dates:October 2017 -
The board shall: adopt and enforce rules and laws necessary for licensing occupational therapy practitioners; adopt and enforce rules for regulating the professional conduct of the practice of occupational therapy; issue licenses to qualified individuals in accordance with sections 148.6401 to 148.6449; assess and collect fees for the issuance and renewal of licenses; educate the public about the requirements for licensing occupational therapy practitioners, educate occupational therapy practitioners about the rules of conduct, and enable the public to file complaints against applicants and licensees who may have violated sections 148.6401 to 148.6449; and investigate individuals engaging in practices that violate sections 148.6401 to 148.6449 and take necessary disciplinary, corrective, or other action according to section 148.6448.
The board may adopt rules necessary to define standards or carry out the provisions of sections 148.6401 to 148.6449. Rules shall be adopted according to chapter 14.
In 2017, the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA) worked with the Minnesota Legislature to move the licensing of occupational therapy practitioners out of the Minnesota Department of Health and into a newly created Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. The Board is to have its first meeting on October 30, 2017. The Board is effective January 1, 2018.
The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice consists of 11 members appointed by the governor. The members are:
(1) five occupational therapists licensed under sections 148.6401 to 148.6449;
(2) three occupational therapy assistants licensed under sections 148.6401 to 148.6449; and
(3) three public members, including two members who have received occupational therapy services or have a family member who has received occupational therapy services, and one member who is a health care professional or health care provider licensed in Minnesota.
The governor shall appoint all members to the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice under Minnesota Statutes, section 148.6449, by October 1, 2017. The governor shall designate one member of the board to convene the first meeting of the board by November 1, 2017.
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