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Sunset Occupational Therapy Practice Act

Concerning the continuation of the "Occupational Therapy Practice Act", and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
2020 Regular Session
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The act implements, with amendments, the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department) in its sunset review and report on the licensing of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department. Specifically, the act:

  • Continues the "Occupational Therapy Practice Act" for 10 years, until 2030;
  • Modifies the legislative declaration and definitions related to the scope of practice of occupational therapy;
  • Designates "occupational therapy consultant", "M.O.T.", "M.O.T./L.", "occupational therapy assistant", "O.T.A.", and "C.O.T.A." as protected titles and clarifies that individuals who legally practice temporarily as occupational therapists in Colorado may use protected titles;
  • Reorders and amends certain provisions concerning examinations and applications for licensure by occupational therapists and OTAs; and
  • Adds certain prohibited behaviors as grounds for discipline.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details