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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 every other month 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.
In 2011,Georgia law was amended to require applicants for initial licensure or renewal to submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship/qualified alien status. Subsequently, the law was amended further to require applicants to submit an affidavit of citizenship in addition to the secure and verifiable documents. The Board worked diligently to make licensees aware of the new requirements and included information on the Board’s website, throughout the renewal site and through communication with the licensees.
Due to the large volume of documents that have been submitted, it is unlikely that all renewals will be completed prior to March 31, 2014. If it can be verified that a licensee submitted a renewal application on or before March 31, 2014, the license status will remain in “Active” status with the 03/31/2014 expiration date while the staff await the processing of the required renewal documentation. 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.
Please note that all renewal documentation, for licensees who submitted a renewal application prior to March 31, 2014, must have been received in the board offices on or before March 31, 2014. Any documents received/postmarked after that date will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle, the license will enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur the licensee must satisfy additional requirements for the renewal of licensure.