2020 Legislature – An update from the UOTA Government Affairs Committee!


State of Utah Department of Commerce: Letter from Mark Steinagel regarding S.B. 23 and Endorsement of Licensure from Other Jurisdictions

May 12, 2020 DOPL letter regarding S.B. 23 and endorsement of licensure

The 2020 General Session is drawing to a close on Thursday, March 12.

UOTA members have received a call-out to ask their Senators support House Bill 108 Medical Specialists in Public Schools, which passed the House and is expected to get a final Senate vote on Thursday.  If it passes, it will work its way to Governor Herbert to be signed into law.

Here are updates on other bills we have had a close eye on:

House Bill 86 Adult Autism Treatment Program passed both the House and the Senate and has been sent to the Governor to be signed.

House Bill 313 Telehealth Party Amendments passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate on Thursday before going to Governor Herbert.

House Bill 106 Rare Disease Advisory Council passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate before going to Governor Herbert.

House Bill 32 Crisis Services Amendments passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate before going to Governor Herbert.

Other bills we have been tracking are in “final draft” mode in preparation for next year’s legislative session.

Thanks to everyone for their work this legislative session!  Another update will come toward the end of the month.

AOTA/NBCOT Occupational Licensure Compact Initiative Progress: 
Initial OT Compact Legislation Drafted

On February 25 and 26, 2020, the Council of State Governments (CSG) convened the Occupational Therapy Drafting Team at the Hall of the States in Washington, DC. This group is charged with developing language for the new model interstate licensure compact for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The meeting started with a review of the occupational therapy compact process as well as the obligations of the Drafting Team. The Team then addressed numerous topics including necessary compact definitions, state participation requirements, compact privileges, consideration of special provisions, and effects of adverse actions. As a projected outcome, CSG then developed initial draft legislation for the group to review.

The Drafting Team is expected to complete a draft compact this spring, which will be reviewed by the Occupational Therapy Advisory Group for comment. From there the draft will be distributed to stakeholders for comment in the summer of 2020.
The goal is to work with stakeholders to come to a consensus and finalize the occupational therapy compact legislation by early fall 2020. The process will then include efforts to work with state occupational therapy associations and state regulatory boards/agencies to introduce the licensure compact legislation in multiple states during the 2021 state legislative sessions.

Check AOTA’s website for more information on the interstate professional licensing compact, including background, the general timeline, and what it would mean for occupational therapy practitioners.

Check NBCOT’s website for updates on the interstate OT licensure compact.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Chuck Willmarth, CAE
Vice President of State Affairs and Health Policy
American Occupational Therapy Association

Shaun Conway, OTR
Senior Director, External & Regulatory Affairs
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy