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Texas Occupational Therapy Referrals
Is a referral required to provide OT services?
Yes. Intervention for a medical condition by an occupational therapy practitioner requires a referral from a licensed referral source.
Are there exceptions to the referral requirement?
Occupational therapists may evaluate the client to determine the need for occupational therapy services without a referral. However, a referral must be requested at any time during the evaluation process when necessary to ensure the safety and welfare of the client.
A screening, consultation, or monitored services may be performed by an occupational therapy practitioner without a referral.
The evaluation or intervention for a non-medical condition does not require a referral.
Which providers can issue the referral?
Implementation of direct occupational therapy to a person for a specific health care condition must be based on a referral from:
Can a referral be issued verbally?
Yes. If a referral is transmitted verbally, it must be documented by the authorized personnel who receives the referral. In this section, "authorized personnel" means staff members authorized by the employer or occupational therapist to receive referrals transmitted verbally.
Tex. Occ. Code § 454.21
3 Tex. Admin. Code §372.1