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Illinois Occupational Therapy Orders and Referrals

Is a referral required to provide OT services?

Yes.  Implementation of direct occupational therapy treatment to individuals for their specific health care conditions shall be based upon a referral from a licensed physician, dentist, podiatric physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or optometrist.

Are there exceptions to the referral requirement?

A referral is not required for the purpose of providing consultation, habilitation, screening, education, wellness, prevention, environmental assessments, and work-related ergonomic services to individuals, groups, or populations.

A referral from a physician or other health care provider is not required for evaluation or intervention for children and youths if an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant provides services in a school-based or educational environment, including the child's home.

Which providers can issue the referral?

A licensed physician, dentist, podiatric physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or optometrist.

When does an OT have to refer a patient to a physician?

An occupational therapist shall refer to a licensed physician, dentist, optometrist, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or podiatric physician any patient whose medical condition should, at the time of evaluation or treatment, be determined to be beyond the scope of practice of the occupational therapist.


225 ILCS 75/3.1

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