The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will sponsor a House & Senate Congressional staff briefing in support of the Occupational Therapy Mental Health Act (HR 3762) on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 A.M. in 121 Cannon House Office Building. The event will examine the important clinical role that the nation’s occupational therapists play in helping consumers manage serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major clinical depression, and PTSD, and achieve optimal functional performance in their everyday lives.
The legislation would add occupational therapists to the current list of "behavioral and mental health professionals" in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC), making occupational therapists eligible to participate in the NHSC Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs.
"We plan to educate and highlight the important role of occupational therapy in the provision of high quality mental health care," said Ralph Kohl, Legislative Representative for AOTA. "There is a need for mental health clients to have access to the full spectrum of services which includes occupational therapy."