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Illinois Occupational Therapy Assistants
Which services are OTAs allowed to practice?
Are there specific services that OTAs are prohibited from practicing?
What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to a OTA?
Supervision is a process in which 2 or more persons participate in a joint effort to establish, maintain and elevate a level of performance and shall include the following criteria:
What type of supervision is required?
OTAs with less than one (1) year of work experience
The OTA who has less than one year of work experience or who is entering new practice environments or developing new skills shall receive a minimum of 5% on-site face‑to-face supervision from a registered OT per month. On-site supervision consists of direct, face-to-face collaboration in which the supervisor must be on the premises. The remaining work hours shall be supervised by a combination of telephone, electronic communication, telecommunication, technology or face-to-face consultation.
OTAs with more than one (1) year of work experience
The OTA with more than one year of experience in his/her current practice shall have a minimum of 5% direct supervision from a registered OT per month. The 5% direct supervision shall consist of 2% direct, face-to-face collaboration. The remaining 3% of supervision shall be a combination of telephone, electronic communication, telecommunication technology or face-to-face consultation.
Documentation of supervision
It is the responsibility of the OTA to maintain on file at the job site signed documentation reflecting supervision activities. This supervision documentation shall contain the following:
Does the supervising OT need to co-sign documentation created by the OTA?
Both the supervising OT and the OTA must sign each entry.
What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
Required designation for assistants
Any person who is issued a license as an occupational therapy assistant under the terms of this Act may use the words, "occupational therapy assistant" or "licensed occupational therapy assistant", or he or she may use the letters "O.T.A.", "OTA/L", or "COTA/L" in connection with his or her name or place of business to denote his or her licensure
225 ILCS 75/2
225 ILCS 75/15
69 Ill. Admin. Code 1315.163
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