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Maine Occupational Therapy Definitions 

The Maine occupational therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“ACOTE” - The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, a nationally recognized accrediting agency for professional programs in the field of occupational therapy.  

“AOTA” - The American Occupational Therapy Association.

“Board” - The Board of Occupational Therapy Practice established under this chapter.  

“Certification Examination” - The certification examination for an occupational therapist or the certification examination for an occupational therapy assistant, both of which are administered by NBCOT.  

“Commissioner” - The Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation.  

“Department” - The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.

“Director” - The Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the department.  

“Level II Fieldwork” - The experience required to prepare occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students to carry out professional responsibilities under appropriate supervision and professional role modeling.  

“NBCOT” - The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, formerly the AOTCB, or American Occupational Therapy Certification Board.

“Occupational Therapist” - An individual who has passed the certification examination of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for an occupational therapist or meets the requirements of section 2279, subsection 6 and who is licensed to practice occupational therapy under this chapter in the State.  

“Occupational Therapy” - The assessment, planning and implementation of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain adaptive skills necessary to achieve the maximal physical and mental functioning of the individual in the individual's daily pursuits.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - An individual who has passed the certification examination of the NBCOT for an occupational therapy assistant or who was certified as an occupational therapy assistant prior to June 1977 and who is licensed to practice occupational therapy under this chapter in the State under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.  

“Occupational Therapy Practitioner” - An individual who is licensed as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant.  

“Person” - Any individual, partnership, unincorporated organization or corporation.  

“Supervision of OTA” - Initial directions and periodic inspection of the service delivery and provision of relevant in-service training. The supervising licensed occupational therapist shall determine the frequency and nature of the supervision to be provided based on the clients' required level of care and the OTA's caseload, experience and competency.  

“Supervision of Temporary Licensees” - Initial and periodic inspection or written assessments, written treatment plans, patient notes and periodic evaluation of performance. The reviews and evaluations must be conducted in person by a licensed occupational therapist.  


Me. Stat. tit. 32 §2272

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