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Georgia OT Supervision of Assistants and Aides
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Definition of a OTA
"Occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist the occupational therapist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of or with the consultation of the licensed occupational therapist and whose license is in good standing.
Consultation shall mean periodic meetings between the licensed occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant to review and to provide recommendations and resource information regarding methods of implementation of the occupational therapy programs.
What type of therapist supervision is required?
Supervision shall mean personal involvement of the licensed occupational therapist in the supervisee's professional experience which includes evaluation of his or her performance. Further, supervision shall mean personal supervision with weekly verbal contact and consultation, monthly review of patient care documentation, and specific delineation of tasks and responsibilities by the licensed occupational therapist and shall include the responsibility for personally reviewing and interpreting the results of any habilitative or rehabilitative procedures conducted by the supervisee. It is the responsibility of the licensed occupational therapist to ensure that the supervisee does not perform duties for which he or she is not trained.
What is the definition of an aide?
"Occupational therapy aide" means a person who assists the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant in the practice of occupational therapy and who works under the direct supervision of the occupational therapist.
What type of supervision is required?
Direct Supervision shall mean daily on-site, close contact whereby the supervisor is able to respond quickly to the needs of the client or supervisee. It requires specific delineation of task and responsibilities by a licensed Occupational Therapist and shall include the responsibility for personally reviewing and interpreting the result of any habilitative or rehabilitative procedures conducted by the supervisee. It is the responsibility of the licensed occupational therapist to ensure that the supervisee does not perform duties for which he/she is not trained.
Exemption for students
Any person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate in occupational therapy in an educational program which is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency acceptable to the board and if such person is designated by a title which clearly indicates such person's status as a student or trainee.
Ga. Code Ann. § 43-28-15
Ga. Code Ann. § 43-28-3
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 671-2-.04
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 671-2-.02