Housekeeping/Technical Amendments to Occupational Therapy and Speech-Hearing Regulations
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The Minnesota Department of Health has regulated occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) since 1996, and speech language pathologists and audiologists (SLPA’s) since 1991. Registration credentials for occupational therapy practitioners were changed to licenses by the Legislature in 2000; for speech language pathologists and audiologists licensing was enacted in 2003. This legislation seeks to clarify erroneous, conflicting or confusing language in the regulations that makes compliance with licensing requirements unnecessarily difficult for practitioners.
How does this legislation address the problem?
The legislation makes technical changes to OTP and SLPA licensing statutes:
- A type of license referred to in the OTP licensing regulations is defined, and language concerning requirements for visiting professionals, employment information and continuing education reporting is clarified.
- Errors in wording and internal references in the 2003 SLPA licensing law are corrected, a method for renewal after expiration of a license that was deleted is reinserted and requirements for reporting continuing education clock hours are clarified.
Who is affected and who supports the legislation?
Licensed practitioners are directly affected by changes in the licensing regulations. The changes have been reviewed and approved by the respective licensing advisory councils for OTPs and SLPAs. The professional associations representing both groups of licensed practitioners have also reviewed the proposed changes and are in support of the legislation.
What are the benefits of passing this legislation?
Clear wording and consistent requirements in the regulations make it easier for practitioners to comply with licensing requirements. An additional benefit is that the licensing systems can be more efficiently and effectively administered by the Department of Health.