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02-477
Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

2004-2005 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-477
AGENCY NAME: Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration, Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

CONTACT PERSON: Penny Vaillancourt, Board Administrator, 35 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0035. Tel: (207) 624-8420

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None.

EXPECTED 2004-2005 RULEMAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: General Information
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§2272 and 2274(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter provides for the election of Board officers and the professional identification of licensees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers and Licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 2: Advisory Rulings
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 5 M.R.S.A., §9001(4) and 32 M.R.S.A., §2274(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter provides for the issuance of advisory rulings by the Board.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 3: Rules for the Licensure of Occupational Therapy Practice
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Statutory Authority: 32 M.R.S.A., §2274(2), 2278, 2279, and 2284
PURPOSE: This Chapter contains the requirements and procedures governing the issuance of permanent and temporary licenses for the practice of occupational therapy.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 4: Fees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 10 M.R.S.A. §8003(2-A)(D)
PURPOSE: This Chapter lists license fees charged by the Board. This chapter may be repealed in the event that OLR establishes fees for this board directly pursuant to 10 M.R.S.A. §8003(2-A)(D) and Chapter 10 of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 5: Role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants and Temporary Occupational Therapists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§2272(12) and
2274(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter describes the permissible duties of the Occupational Therapy Assistants and the duties of Occupational Therapists in the supervision of their Assistants.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 6: Renewal Requirements and Continuing Education
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§2274(2) and 2283(3)
PURPOSE: This Chapter outlines the requirements for license renewal and for continuing professional education, establishes the hours of continuing education needed for renewal, defines the different categories of continuing education activities which will be accepted, and explains the approval process.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Consumers and licensees.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 7: Code of Ethics
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§2274(2)
PURPOSE: This Chapter sets forth the rules regarding the code of ethics for licensed Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants, by adopting the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics published by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.

CHAPTER 8: Enforcement and Disciplinary Procedures
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A., §§2274(2) and 2286.
PURPOSE: This Chapter describes the procedure by which complaints and investigations are handled by the board.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Summer 2005.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Licensees and Consumers.
CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: Not expected.


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