July 15, 2019

SB 13-180: Continuing the Regulation of the Practice of Occupational Therapy

On Friday, February 15, 2013, Sen. Irene Aguilar introduced SB 13-180 – Concerning the Continuation of the Regulation of the Practice of Occupational Therapy, and, in Connection Therewith, Requiring Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to Obtain a License from the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Modifying Provisions Governing the Supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants, Adding Grounds for Disciplining Licensees, Requiring Licensees to Maintain Professional Competency, and Authorizing Licensees to Enter into Agreements to Limit Practice when Suffering from a Physical or Mental Condition. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill implements the recommendations contained in the sunset review and report on the “Occupational Therapy Practice Act” (OTPA) by continuing the OTPA for five years and restoring provisions in the “Colorado Consumer Protection Act” (CCPA) that existed prior to the enactment of the OTPA. The provisions restored in the CCPA establish a deceptive trade practice, and thus trigger CCPA remedies, when a person claims to be an occupational therapist but has not earned the appropriate higher education degree, completed an internship, passed an examination given by a national organization, and obtained certification from a national organization. On March 7, the Health & Human Services Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Appropriations Committee for consideration of the fiscal impact.