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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.
Although you may apply for the renewal of your license prior to June 30, 2016, please be aware that the renewal fee will include a penalty surcharge for late renewal. Simply complete the renewal application and submit it along with the renewal fee as well as a secure and verifiable document, a notarized affidavit of citizenship and any other supporting documentation that is applicable.
All required documentation must be received in the board office prior to the close of business on June 30, 2016 in order for the application to be considered as complete. Should the application and supporting documents not be submitted by the date indicated, the renewal fee is forfeited, the license will lapse (expire) and it will no longer be eligible for renewal. At that point, applicants will then be required to apply for licensure by reinstatement by submitting a reinstatement application and an additional fee.
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.