Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage and we look forward to assisting you.

Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.

Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you. 

You may follow this link to the Secretary of State's office to view a list of board members. Members of the public should not contact board members with questions or comments.  All questions, comments or any other board-related matters must be directed to the Board Staff; (207) 624-8624

Purpose

The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice was established to protect the public through the regulation of the practice of occupational therapy in Maine.

The primary responsibilities of the Board is to examine and license qualified applicants, to promulgate rules defining qualifications and professional standards of practitioners, to investigate complaints against licensees and to take appropriate disciplinary action against noncompliance with its statute and rules.

Notice of Scam Targeting Licensees (PDF)

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)

Note: Correspondence from the Board of Occupational Therapy will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

Are You a Mandated Reporter?

Maine law requires that medical, mental health and social services personnel immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) when the provider knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that an incapacitated or dependent adult has been or is likely to be abused or neglected or that a suspicious incapacitated or dependent adult death has occurred.

Follow this link for more Mandated Reporter Information

Future correspondence from the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

NOTICE TO ALL APPLICANTS, EMPLOYERS, AND TRAVELING COMPANIES:

Information regarding the status of an application will not be provided by telephone or email. Please use the link below to find out the status of an application and recent board communication.

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What's New

Rulemaking Information

Notice of Board Proposed Rulemaking, Chapter 4: License Renewal; Continuing Education Requirements; Reinstatement (new) and Chapter 6-A License Renewal; Reinstatement (repeal) (PDF)

Public Hearing on Chapter 4: : The hearing will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Maine Department of Marine Resources, East Campus, 32 Blossom Lane, Marquardt Building, Conference Room 118, Augusta, ME 04330.

Please visit the Board’s webpage, https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/board-occupational-therapy-practice, for additional information, including how to access the meeting remotely via a Zoom link. Members of the public may provide comments at the public rulemaking hearing by attending in-person or virtually.

Statutory Changes

TELEHEALTH: On June 21, 2021, the Governor signed LD 791, An Act Regarding Telehealth Regulations, into law as P.L. 2021, c. 291.  This emergency legislation became effective immediately and authorizes licensees of the board to provide services via telehealth, subject to all applicable laws and rules governing confidentiality, professional responsibility and standards of practice.  The board will be adopting more specific rules governing telehealth services.  Please use the “GET NOTIFIED” link below if you would like to be notified of proposed rulemaking and other board news, information and updates.  Notice of proposed rules will also be advertised in the Maine Secretary of State weekly rulemaking notice and in newspapers in the state, as well as posted on the board’s webpage. 

AMENDMENT TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STATUTES:  On October 18, 2021, LD 1646, “An Act to Amend the Occupational Therapy Licensing Statutes,” became effective as P.L. 2021, c. 278.  This legislation amends the definition of “occupational therapy” such that it is similar to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (“AOTA”) model act definition, adopted in 2011.  The legislation also provides that as a condition of renewal of a license, the board shall prescribe by rule continuing education requirements as authorized under Title 10, section 8003, subsection 5-A, paragraph D.  The board will be adopting more specific rules governing continuing education requirements.  Please use the “GET NOTIFIED” link if you would like to be notified of proposed rulemaking and other board news, information and updates.  Notice of proposed rules will also be advertised in the Maine Secretary of State weekly rulemaking notice and in newspapers in the state, as well as posted on the board’s webpage.

Laws/Statutory

2021 Public Law Chapter 324 (LD 31) "An Act to Adopt the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact" (PDF)

           The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact allows eligible licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants an alternative method for providing services in other member states. If you are interested in learning more about the OT Compact please use the following link: https://otcompact.org/ot-compact-commission/.

2021 Public Law Chapter 278 (LD 1646) "An Act to Amend the Occupational Therapy Licensing Statutes" (PDF)

 

Board Notices

NOTICE CONCERNING DELIVERY OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LICENSES
Occupational Therapy licenses are now delivered to licensees via email. The email sender is displayed as "noreply@maine.gov" and the subject as "YOUR OFFICIAL (license type) LICENSE IS ATTACHED". Paper licenses will NOT be mailed to licensees with an email address on file with the Board.
You have the opportunity to update your contact information when you renew your license online or you may update your email address and other contact information anytime here.