Ensuring OTs are included in Mental Health Programming in Oregon!

Inclusion of OTs in list of paid providers of rehabilitative behavioral health services in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 410-172-0660 OTAO recently participated in an advocacy effort in collaboration with Pacific University to urge the Oregon Health Authority to include occupational therapists on the list of paid providers of rehabilitative behavioral health services in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 410-172-0660. The current wording of OAR 410-172-0660 was out of alignment with other OARs that include occupational therapists as paid providers of rehabilitative behavioral health services. OTAO cares about this rule because of the impact it could have on occupational therapists across the state working in behavioral health services. Failure to update the proposed rule would make it more difficult for state agencies to meet staffing and grant requirements for behavioral health programs in Oregon.

We are excited to say that the Oregon Health Authority responded positively to our advocacy efforts and plans to make a change to the draft rule to include licensed occupational therapists and occupational fieldwork students. This is a win for occupational therapists in Oregon and for the profession as a whole! If you would like to learn more about OAR 410-172-0660, please visit the following link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/healthplan/Policies/Nprm-172-0660-07192016.pdf.