02RS HB261


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HB 261 (BR 299) - R. Meeks, T. Turner, W. Allen, P. Bather, J. Bowling, J. Bruce, T. Burch, De. Butler, J. Callahan, M. Cherry, L. Clark, B. Colter, J. Comer, R. Crimm, K. Hall, C. Hoffman, D. Horlander, P. Marcotte, M. Marzian, T. McKee, H. Moberly, R. Nelson, F. Nesler, S. Nunn, R. Palumbo, J. Richards, T. Riner, A. Simpson, G. Stumbo, Jo. Turner, K. Upchurch, J. Wayne, R. Webb

     AN ACT relating to the practice of occupational therapy.
     Amend various sections of KRS Chapter 319A to include "licensure" in title of occupational therapy board; redefines occupational therapy to include the practice of and services provided by the profession; require supervision of unlicensed aides; change representation on board; change "certification" to "licensure" for therapists and therapy assistants; provide for annual election of board leadership; identify Franklin Circuit Court as location for injunctions; clarify board's duty to see injunctions; clarify licensing requirements; require training and instruction requirements to be promulgated by administrative regulations; include computer-based examinations; remove statutory reference to preclude "grandfathering" licensees; repeal KRS 319A.130; require evidence of competence for licensure renewal; provide for inactive license status; require fees to be promulgated by administrative regulations; increase fine for violation of statute.


     HCS - Retain original provisions except include "goal directed activities" as a means for restoring some types of impaired performance abilities; delete psychological impairments as a focus of intervention; rephrase language relating to some occupational therapy services; delete the provision that members of the board shall be immune from personal liability based on acts performed in good faith; specify supervision of unlicensed personnel to be promulgated in administrative regulations; specify people who deliver deep physical agent modalities required to be licensed under provisions of KRS Chapter 319A; delete accessory joint mobilization therapy as a treatment occupational therapists may not use and add spinal or pelvic adjustment therapy as a treatment occupational therapists may not use; include visual therapy services that occupational therapists may not use and ones that they may use in accordance with written instructions of optometrists or ophthalmologists.

     HFA (1, R. Meeks) - Specify in administrative regulations (1) occupational therapy services that do not include visually related treatment plans associated with electronic or assistive technology low vision devices, (2) supervision of services or written evaluation plans from an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or physician, and (3) activities related to vision treatments in collaboration with the Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners.

     Jan 8-introduced in House
     Jan 9-to Licensing and Occupations (H)
     Jan 10-posted in committee
     Jan 16-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Jan 17-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, January 18, 2002; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Jan 18-3rd reading, passed 92-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Jan 22-received in Senate
     Jan 24-to Health and Welfare (S)
     Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules
     Feb 19-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, February 20, 2002
     Feb 20-passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day
     Feb 21-passed over and retained in the Orders of the Day; 3rd reading, passed 36-0
     Feb 22-received in House; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House
     Feb 25-enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; delivered to Governor
     Mar 1-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 14)

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