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Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Definitions 

“Act” - R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 5-40.1, entitled "Occupational Therapy".

“Administrator” - The Administrator of the Division of Professional Regulation.

“Board” - The Rhode Island Board of Occupational Therapy practice within the division of professional regulation established pursuant to the provisions of § 5-40.1-4.

“Chapter” - Chapter 40.1 of this title, entitled "Occupational Therapy."

“Director” - The director of the Rhode Island department of health.

“Division” - The division of professional regulation of the department of health.

“Occupational Therapist” - A person licensed to practice occupational therapy under the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations authorized by this chapter.

“Occupational Therapy” - The use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes that promote health, prevent injury or disability, and develop, improve, sustain, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any individual who has an injury, illness, cognitive impairment, sensory impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability, physical disability, or other disorder or condition.

“Occupational Therapy Aide” - A person not licensed pursuant to the statutes and rules applicable to the practice of occupational therapy; who works under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant; who assists in the practice of occupational therapy; and whose activities require an understanding of occupational therapy, but do not require professional or advanced training in the basic anatomical, psychological, and social sciences involved in the practice of occupational therapy.

“Occupational Therapy Assistant” - A person licensed to practice occupational therapy under the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations authorized by this chapter.

“Supervision” - A licensed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant is at all times responsible for supportive personnel and students.


R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-40.1-3


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