House Bill 6446 would ensure license portability and accountability among 22 other states

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 3, 2022 — State Rep. Julie M. Rogers (D-Kalamazoo) introduced House Bill 6446 last Wednesday with bipartisan support. The bill would enter Michigan into the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact and enact the compact into state law. The Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact is currently composed of 22 other states and is intended to increase provider mobility, enable telehealth and protect consumers by sharing disciplinary information across state lines.

“As a physical therapist, I work hand in hand with occupational therapists to help people improve their health by building function and skills,” said Rogers. “I have seen the difference occupational therapy can make in a person’s life, but all too often, we don’t have the providers to meet those needs. Entering into this compact will improve Michiganders’ access to these vital professionals.”

“Michigan joining the Occupational Compact would be a great step for Michigan patients and providers,” said Cathleen Johnson, leader of the executive committee for the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association. “We applaud the efforts of Rep. Rogers to introduce this legislation and look forward to working with all stakeholders on this needed policy change to increase portability and accountability for occupational therapists in our region.”

The Occupational Therapy Compact is a joint effort of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. It addresses interstate practice for licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The compact also provides licensure support for relocating military spouses. In addition to the 22 participating states, enabling legislation has been introduced in at least two other states.