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Michigan Occupational Therapy Assistants
Definition of a OTA
“Occupational therapy assistant” means an individual who holds a current license to practice as an occupational therapy assistant and delivers occupational therapy services under the supervision of and in partnership with an occupational therapist.
What are OTAs allowed to do?
As used in this rule, “limited assessment” means those parts of an evaluation that an occupational therapy assistant is qualified by education and training to perform while under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
What activities are expressly prohibited?
An occupational therapist shall not delegate the performance of either of the following to an occupational therapy assistant:
What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to a OTA?
An occupational therapist who delegates limited assessments, tasks, or interventions to an occupational therapy assistant shall ensure the qualifications of the occupational therapy assistant under the occupational therapist’s supervision, including verification of the occupational therapy assistant’s training, education, and licensure.
An occupational therapist who delegates limited assessments, tasks, or interventions shall also comply with all of the following:
What type of therapist supervision is required?
An occupational therapist who delegates limited assessments, tasks, or interventions to an occupational therapy assistant shall determine and provide the appropriate level of supervision required for the occupational therapy assistant’s performance of the delegated limited assessment, task, or intervention. The appropriate level of supervision shall be determined based on the occupational therapy assistant’s education, training, and experience and includes either General Supervision or Direct Supervision.
What is the ratio between supervising OTs and OTAs?
An occupational therapist shall not supervise more than four (4) occupational therapy assistants who are providing services to patients at the same time.
The occupational therapist shall maintain documentation of the meeting that has been signed by both the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant.
Mich. Comp. Laws § 333.18301
Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.1211
Mich. Admin. Code R. 338.1229