Make-up of the Board:
Board members are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms. Board members may serve two consecutive terms. The Board consists of five members appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms. Three Board members are licensed in the profession; 2 are OT and 1 is an OT Assistant. Two are public members, usually having been a consumer of occupational therapy services. As of 2009 Board member appointments are confirmed by the Senate.
• Review applications and issues licenses to eligible applicants;
• Require, approve and monitor continuing education;
• Review complaints and investigate complaints that fall within the Board’s authority; take appropriate disciplinary action when violations have occurred;
• Renews licenses to qualified licensees;
• Respond to questions as they relate to occupational therapy regulations.
The Occupational Therapy Licensing Board meets quarterly, usually in the State Office Building at 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, Oregon. Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until the agenda has been completed, usually around 3:00 p.m. The Board usually meets in Room 445 of the Portland State Office Building. The Board meets quarterly, the first Mondays in February, May, August and November.
Please contact the director if you plan to attend, for an agenda and to be certain a date has not been changed. Board meeting notices are mailed about two weeks in advance of the Board meeting to persons who have requested to be placed on the mailing list. The Board operates under the Public Records and Meetings regulations.
Board meetings are public meetings, and anyone can attend: interested people, involved people, affected people and anyone else interested. Portions of the meeting may be held in Executive Session, from which the public is exempt, when the Board reviews complaints and/or consults with legal counsel. Even though complaints/investigations are reviewed in Executive Session, final actions are taken during public meetings.
Persons wishing to have items included on the agenda should contact Director by email or at (971) 673-0198, at least three weeks prior to the Board meeting and provide information relevant to the proposed agenda item. ADA accommodation request should be made to the Director. Requests for accommodations should be made at least 72 hours in advance.