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H.R. 3762: To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental health professionals for purposes of the National Health Service Corps. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Dec 20, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental health professionals for purposes of the National Health Service Corps.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. INCLUDING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AS BEHAVIORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FOR PURPOSES OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORPS.

Section 331(a)(1)(E)(i) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254d(a)(1)(E)(i)) is amended by inserting ``occupational therapists,'' after ``psychiatric nurse specialists,''. <all>

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AOTA fully support passage of the Occupational Therapy Mental Health Act, to insure that individuals coping with Mental or behavioral health disorders have access to the full spectrum of necessary and effective care, including occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is a skilled health, wellness and rehabilitation service dedicated to the maximization of performance and daily functioning. The profession was born in public psychiatric hospitals and established its roots more than a century ago. Occupational therapists can help persons with serious mental illnesses on the road to recovery. Occupational therapists bring a unique skill set and expertise that can assist persons with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder overcome cognitive impairments that impact speech, memory, language and day-to-day decision making. Occupational therapists work with individuals across the life span coping with impairments of function regardless of the cause. Occupational therapy focuses on improving an individuals’ ability to remain productive and as independent as possible. Occupational therapists are graduate prepared health care professionals with training and education encompassing the social, emotional, psychological and physical aspects of interaction between an individual and their environment. This person-in-environment centered approach allows occupational therapy to address functional impairments regardless of the cause. http://capwiz.com/aota/issues/alert/?alertid=61015101

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To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental health professionals for purposes of the National Health Service Corps.

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I support H.R. 3762 the Occupational Therapy Mental Health Act because... I believe Occupational Therapists, who use a client-centered approach to therapy, can be qualified as mental health professionals with their rich tradition and training in the mental health field. Occupational Therapists frame work for practice is a holistic approach that seeks to encompass the client's psychological well-being and health as central to achieving positive outcomes in all areas of practice from clients recovering from traumatic brain injury and stroke to children with Autism and their families.

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Anonymous392195
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5 months ago

I support H.R. 3762 the Occupational Therapy Mental Health Act because...as an occupational therapist for 32 years with an extensive Mental Health background and graduate education I have been denied equal professional opportunity. Occupational therapist have a unique blend of multiple disciplines, including: Occupational Sciences, Psychology, Psychosocial Disabilities, Anatomy, Physiology, and Physical Medicine. All of which creates a therapist able to evaluate and treat not from one perspective/discipline, but to evaluate and treat all aspects/influences effecting an individuals Mental Health and resulting Behaviors.

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Anonymous392090
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5 months ago

I support H.R. 3762 (112th) ("To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental") because occupational therapists have a unique role to actively engage clients in real life occupations. Research shows this has a greater success long term than drug treatments alone.

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Jenn7856
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1 year ago

I support H.R. 3762 (112th) ("To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental") because every day I see clients who benefit greatly from working with me, ranging from starting a career, to getting a job, to starting an educational path that will lead to a full career. My clients must be able to pay for services directly out of pocket, as insurance does not recognize my profession as a MH provider. Many people who need OT services to get their lives on track are going without. Please put OT on the MH team, where we are greatly needed. No one else on the professional team can offer the services that we can. Yours, Debora A. Davidson, PhD, OTR/L OT for 35+years

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DeboraDavidson
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1 year ago

I support H.R. 3762 (112th) ("To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental") because these professionals are qualified to provide training, guidance & support in daily living skills, all of which are areas people wi/ severe & persistent mental illness (SPMI) often need the most help: daily hygiene, social interactions w/ potential employers, coworkers & peers, budget planning, shopping & many other items that those of us without SPMI take for granted. An OT uses an holistic & collaborative approach in working w/ people w/ SPMI to continue or begin, in some cases, their path to recovery. My daughter is an OT who is takes her Boards this week. During professional rotations, she assisted combat Veterans in learning pain release techniques & mobility & provided support & guidance as they worked thru PTSD & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) disorders. In working w/ female prisoners for release back into the community, she taught skills needed to re-entry into society along w/ techniques to deal w/ their personal behavioral health demons. In Ghana, she counseled mothers w/ AIDS & their families. Please support this bill. Thank you.

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LorettaJ
NE-3
2 years ago

I support H.R. 3762 (112th) ("To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental") because OT can be such a viable resource for those with severe and persistent mental illness. I am an OT who has created and implemented community reintegration and life skills programs for prison inmates in Maricopa County, worked with veterans and their spouses and the challenges they face in community re-entry, and also completed public health work in Ghana on a HIV/AIDs unit. OT has so much to offer our clients, which can save money annually. Unfortunately, since OT's are not considered QMHP's in many states, our services are not considered "valid" for those in our communities who need it the most. This leaves many without receiving the care they need. Please consider supporting occupational therapy in mental health to give consumers the care they need and also save money. Thank you.

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lgoracke
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2 years ago

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Bill Summary

H.R. 3762: To amend the Public Health Service Act to include occupational therapists as behavioral and mental health professionals for purposes of the National Health Service Corps.

H.R. 3761The Support & Defend Our Military Personnel & their Families Act H.R. 3763the FCC MERGER Act