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Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy is a six member board appointed by the Governor to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Georgia. The Board meets once per quarter to regulate persons offering occupational therapy services to the citizens of Georgia.
Occupational therapy is the evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficiencies, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities or anticipated dysfunction. Licensed occupational therapists and licensed occupational therapist assistants offer care in a variety of health care areas including hospitals, schools and private practice. The licensed occupational therapy assistant is supervised or consultants with the occupational therapist.
Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Secretary of State’s office in Macon. During the meetings, the Board reviews correspondence, applications for licensure, and complaints. Persons wishing to submit complaints or other matters for Board consideration should submit the matter in writing to the office.
The license renewal
process for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants is NOW
LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the
upcoming 2016-2018 renewal cycle. You must complete the renewal application and
all continuing education requirements well before March 31, 2016 in order to
avoid delays in the processing of your renewal application.
Please be sure to read each question on the application carefully before entering a response! Your application will have to be reviewed by the Board if you indicate that you have failed to complete the continuing education requirements, are not a US Citizen, have been arrested and/or convicted of an offense or have been disciplined or sanctioned by any other state or regulatory Board. You may also be required to submit the following:
· A signed, detailed letter of explanation;
· A certified copy of the final disposition (outcome) of your arrest case and/or a copy of the arrest incident report if the case has not yet gone to court for adjudication;
· A certified copy of the action taken by the other state or regulatory Board;
· Certificates of completion for all continuing education activities completed in the current biennium (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016); and/or
· An affidavit of citizenship and current, unexpired secure and verifiable documents, if applicable.
In addition, it is strongly suggested that you apply for renewal prior to February 10, 2016 in order for your renewal application to be addressed by the Board prior to the expiration date of the license.
In the event you have supplied all of the required information to complete the renewal application prior to March 31, 2016 and your application requires additional review by the Board, the license will remain in “Active-Renewal Pending” status with the 03/31/2016 expiration date until the Board has rendered a decision on the application. The license is not considered to be lapsed, inactive or invalid based on O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) which states the following:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation before March 31, 2016 particularly if your circumstances are such as that which was noted above. Any documents received/postmarked after that date, to include any continuing education documents submitted in response to your selection for audit, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle. The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur, the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions in order to satisfy the requirements to renew the license.
To be able to use physical agent modalities, or any occupational therapy techniques involving physical agent modalities, you must first have an additional board approved certification. Practicing and/or instruction of modalities is prohibited on a client (even under supervision of a PAMS certified therapist) until a “Certification in all Modalities” has been awarded. NO licensed OT/OTA may use physical agent modalities until a “Certification in all Modalities” is awarded by the Board to the licensed individual.
The Consumer Information and Awareness Act (O.C.G.A. § 43-1-33) was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 12, 2015. The new statute requires that occupational therapists and other licensed health care practitioners provide for certain identification, educational identifiers and signage in the workplace and in advertisements. It also identifies the penalties for intentional violation of the provisions of the law.
To review the law and learn more about how this new law may affect your practice, select the following link: Consumer Information Awareness Act.