Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Representative Assembly

Dear AOTA Members of Massachusetts,

The Representative Assembly, the professional standards and policy setting body of AOTA, recently conducted business during a Spring meeting.  For information on the outcomes of that meeting, please read the meeting summary located on the AOTA website at http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/summary-spring-2017-meeting.aspx

Below is a brief summary of the business conducted at the Spring meeting:

The Representative Assembly (RA) met on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Philadelphia. A consent agenda was adopted that included the following:

  • Delivery of the Commission on Practice (COP) report on Telehealth to the Board of Directors for implementation of recommendations as outlined.
  • Adoption of the position paper, “Occupational Therapy’s Role in Medication Management”
  • Adoption of the position paper, “The Importance of Primary Care Education in Occupational Therapy Curricula”

In addition, a motion from the President’s report to adopt a resolution reaffirming our commitment to occupation-based practice was passed. This will become a policy and will be added to the AOTA Policy Manual. A motion to direct several bodies of the RA to develop professional and educational tools and supports related to cultural diversity and humility was also adopted with some minor language revisions. This directs the Ethics Commission (EC) to add language addressing bias and discrimination among students and practitioners to its existing ethics advisory opinion on cultural competency; the Commission on Education (COE)to develop a Blueprint for teaching cultural competence and humility; and staff revising the Professional Development Tool (PDT) to develop a section on cultural competence and sensitivity.

A motion to convene a small ad hoc committee of content experts to compile resources to support the role occupational therapy plays in reducing and preventing opioid drug abuse was also passed by the RA.

Finally, a motion to create a new division of the Academic Leadership Council for Academic Fieldwork and Capstone Coordinators was adopted with minor terminology changes. Motions to adopt a societal statement on Sustainability and to form an ad hoc committee to develop an educational plan for feeding, eating, and swallowing resources to support practitioners working in that area and pursuing specialty certification were defeated.  

As your AOTA representative, I invite you to become engaged in the work of the Assembly by working with me to propose professional standards or policy motions within the purview of the RA or by seeking opportunities to become a member of the RA in an upcoming election. 

It is my pleasure to serve as your AOTA representative and I am happy to assist you in answering any questions you might have about the work of the RA and how we can work together to support the profession.

Sincerely,

Jeramie A Silveira

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department

Salem State University

Massachusetts RA Representative

Jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO  THE AOTA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

 Call for Motions

Greetings AOTA Colleagues,

The AOTA Representative Assembly accepts proposals for motions year round. As we gear up for our Fall Assembly meeting (October 19-26, 2016), I encourage you to think deeply about professional standards and policies that AOTA could develop that would move the profession forward, particularly as our profession faces many changes due to healthcare reform.

Any member can make a motion and motions can be proposed by groups as well. All motions going before the Representative Assembly (RA) must be within the scope of the Assembly's function and purpose, which is the establishment of professional standards and policies.

Motions must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are relevant to contemporary practice of occupational therapy
  • Are of national importance and relevance
  • Relate to a broad range of AOTA members
  • Are appropriate for consideration by a national professional association
  • Move the profession forward in a meaningful way

Please consider submitting a motion that could be considered for either the Fall or Spring RA meeting. You can do this by:

·         Contacting your Representative to start the process http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Roster.aspx

·         Visiting AOTA's  website http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Motions.aspx and completing a Motion Submission Form, with the support of your Rep.

·         Email motions@aota.org

·         Phone 1-800-ASK-AOTA and ask for the RA Staff liaison, Deb Slater(dslater@aota.org)

THANK YOU for being an active and engaged member of AOTA and for your continued support of our profession!

Warm regards,

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

 

Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest

Summary of the Spring 2016 RA Meeting: April 7, 2016


5/12/2016

The Representative Assembly (RA) met on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. The Assembly passed substitute motions for two that were initiated by AOTA members. The first motion charges the Commission on Practice (COP) to investigate professional policy and practice issues related to telehealth and occupational therapy in conjunction with content experts and AOTA staff to make recommendations to the RA for the spring 2017 meeting. The second motion charges the Speaker, with recommendations from the Board, to establish an ad hoc committee to:

1) develop a fact sheet that highlights the benefits of, and supports occupational therapy intervention in the area of seating and wheeled mobility (SWM)—including durable medical equipment (DME) and complex rehabilitation technology (CRT); and

2) develop a plan for educational materials that will support practitioners working at an advanced level in SWM.

Recruitment for candidates for the SWM ad hoc will be done in the near future by the Volunteer Leadership Development Committee (VLDC).

In addition, a number of motions brought forward by the ad hoc committees on licensure portability, case management, and OTA entry level education were adopted, most with some changes in language. The final motions include:

  • AOTA support for  state licensure models that allow for licensure portability, including but not limited to an Interstate Licensure Compact for Occupational Therapy 
  • A letter to state licensure boards conveying AOTA support for recognition of continuing education courses/workshops/seminars related to case management as acceptable to meet licensure renewal requirements for occupational therapy practitioners working in case management roles
  • An official document on the role of occupational therapy practitioners in case management
  • Development of an online forum on OT Connections under SIS sponsorship for OT practitioners interested or working in case management roles
  • A charge to the Commission on Education (COE) to revise the AOTA Blueprint for Entry Level Education to reflect the latest edition of the relevant AOTA documents  ; and to consider the OTA bachelor’s degree, along with the OTA Associates, OT master’s, and OT doctoral degrees, in crafting this new edition
  • A charge to the COE to consider the different entry-level degrees when reviewing and revising the AOTA Occupational Therapy Assistant Model Curriculum (2008) and the Occupational Therapy Model Curriculum (2008)
  • A  request from the Speaker to the Board to direct the AOTA Executive Director to identify and implement strategies to develop qualified occupational therapy assistants to be educators in entry-level occupational therapy assistant programs

Lastly, the following official document was adopted: Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance. If you have any questions about the motions or anything else from the minutes of the spring meeting please contact me.

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu

 

Greetings AOTA Colleagues,

The AOTA Representative Assembly accepts proposals for motions year round. As we gear up for our Fall Assembly meeting (October 19-26, 2016), I encourage you to think deeply about professional standards and policies that AOTA could develop that would move the profession forward, particularly as our profession faces many changes due to healthcare reform.

Any member can make a motion and motions can be proposed by groups as well. All motions going before the Representative Assembly (RA) must be within the scope of the Assembly's function and purpose, which is the establishment of professional standards and policies.

Motions must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are relevant to contemporary practice of occupational therapy
  • Are of national importance and relevance
  • Relate to a broad range of AOTA members
  • Are appropriate for consideration by a national professional association
  • Move the profession forward in a meaningful way

Please consider submitting a motion that could be considered for either the Fall or Spring RA meeting. You can do this by:

·         Contacting your Representative to start the process http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Roster.aspx

·         Visiting AOTA's  website http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA/Motions.aspx and completing a Motion Submission Form, with the support of your Rep.

·         Email motions@aota.org

·         Phone 1-800-ASK-AOTA and ask for the RA Staff liaison, Deb Slater(dslater@aota.org)

THANK YOU for being an active and engaged member of AOTA and for your continued support of our profession!

Warm regards,

Jeramie Silveira, OTD, Chairperson Occupational Therapy Department Salem State University

Representative Assembly – Massachusetts Representative.

email: jeramie.silveira@salemstate.edu



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