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Sunset Occupational Therapy Practice Act

Concerning the continuation of the "Occupational Therapy Practice Act", and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. The bill implements, with amendments, the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department) in its sunset review and report on the licensing of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department. Specifically:

  • Sections 1 and 2 of the bill continue the "Occupational Therapy Practice Act" (act) for 10 years, until 2030, rather than for 7 years, as recommended by the department;
  • Sections 3 and 4 modify the legislative declaration and certain definitions related to the scope of practice of occupational therapy;
  • Section 5 designates "occupational therapy consultant", "M.O.T.", "M.O.T./L.", "occupational therapy assistant", and "O.T.A." as protected titles under the act and clarifies that individuals who legally practice temporarily as occupational therapists in Colorado may use protected titles;
  • Sections 7, 8, and 14 15 reorder and amend certain provisions of the act concerning examinations and applications for licensure by occupational therapists and OTAs;
  • Sections 11 and 13 12 and 14 add certain prohibited behaviors as grounds for discipline and reorder certain provisions concerning disciplinary proceedings; and
  • Sections 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12 13 make technical corrections throughout the act. Section 10 also states that the act does not authorize an occupational therapist to practice optometry.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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