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Our Mission: On behalf of its members and the public, the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association promotes and advances the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.
Centennial Vision: We envision that occupational therapy is a powerful, widely recognized, science-driven, and evidence-based profession with a globally connected and diverse workforce meeting society's occupational needs.

SCOTA Conference - Call for Presenters

On behalf of the SCOTA Board and Conference Planning Committee, it’s is our pleasure to make this year’s Call for Presenters.  In addition to our Annual Conference, we will also offer 3 Mini Conferences in 2015.  More opportunity than ever to share your practice innovations, research and expertise.

The three Mini Conferences will be offered between February 13th and March 7th in time for license renewal.  To allow a short trip to more members, they will be held in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia and will be scheduled offset to each other to allow members to attend more than one conference, if desired.  Each one-day Mini Conference will provide 6 to 6.5 CEUs and speakers may submit an abstract with intent to speak any length of time less than 7 hours – conferences will likely include more than one speaker each day.

The Annual Summer Conference will be held one of the first weekends of June and like last year will be a two day event and provide 14-16 CEUs.  There will, again, be two tracks, one for Adults and one for Pediatrics.

If you’re interested in “answering the Call” or if you know a presenter you would like to have present at any one of next year’s conferences, please email Scott Hutchison hutchisonsd@comcast.net with the following information:

*Conference: Charleston Mini/Greenville Mini/Columbia Mini/Greenville Annual/Any
*Desired Track: Adults/Pediatrics
*Presenter’s Name:
Presenter’s Address:
*Presenter’s email:
*Presenter’s Phone number:
*Brief abstract, .PDF, or a link to a site that describes the proposed content:
(* indicates required information)

This Call for Presentations will close Friday, August 15th at Midnight.

As always, feedback on previous conferences or ideas and wishes for conferences to come are more than invited!  All feedback is graciously accepted in confidence.  Please submit them to the Planning Committee via Scott Hutchisonhutchisonsd@comcast.net.  This is your conference, so your feedback is extremely valuable!

Thank you very much for your interest and help developing these events!  See you next year!!
Scott Hutchison, MSR, OTR/L

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for NBCOT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®) is soliciting nominees for one (1) CERTIFIED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT (COTA®) Director position for election to the NBCOT Board of Directors. This position is for an initial three-year term beginning in October 2014, with the opportunity to be re-elected to an additional final term. COTAs with school-based practice experience are encouraged to apply.  
Nominees must hold current certification as a COTA.  
Interested certificants must complete the Board of Directors application.  Click here to download the application.
All applications must be received by NBCOT no later than August 15, 2014.

Congress Strips Therapy Cap Repeal from Advancing Legislation

Take action TODAY before it’s too late.   We must not allow this legislation to move forward without addressing the therapy cap. Action in both the House and the Senate may be imminent and we must act quickly to mobilize against last week’s actions.
 
Recently, legislation that would have reformed Medicare’s provider payment system and fully repealed the therapy cap advanced in the Senate. On February 4th, however, efforts to work out differences between the Senate’s reform bill and the House’s version of the legislation left therapy cap repeal on the cutting room floor. Being left behind now could mean a swift return to a hard cap on outpatient therapy services in 2014 and beyond.
 
Follow this link to call your elected officials:  http://capwiz.com/aota/callalert/index.tt?alertid=63091591 and follow this link to write to them: http://capwiz.com/aota/issues/alert/?alertid=63091456.  Demand that the therapy cap be addressed ahead of final action in the House or Senate on the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 4015). As a trusted health professional and constituent your voice is critical to the debate.
 
Tim Casey, Director of Federal Affairs, AOTA

Join SCOTA

SCOTA is designed to provide you with the support and information you need to practice in our ever-changing healthcare environment. As a member of SCOTA, you are providing the necessary support and financial investment to help keep our wonderful profession sound, while enjoying the numerous benefits it provides. SCOTA members will have access to the members only area where you can network, exchange ideas, and share experiences.  There is also a tool for tracking your continuing education hours with automatic reminders when your certification is coming up. Members also have access to district meetings and discounted conferences/workshops with CEU opportunities. The list of tangible and intangible benefits goes on and on… Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Wishing you success in improving the quality of life of those whom you treat. May SCOTA help you in that mission.

Cristina Smith
Corresponding Secretary
Membership Chairperson

How can you join?

To join we need a completed application and membership dues for the first year. Please contact us for more information or download and print a copy of the application form here.

Who can join SCOTA?

Regular Member (OTR/COTA):

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants licensed by the SC Board of Occupational Therapy and in good standing with NBCOT.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Vote on all issues brought forth at the annual business meeting.
  3. Eligible to hold any SCOTA office and serve on any committee.
  4. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  5. May be elected as a Representative or an Alternate to the Representative Assembly of AOTA, if an AOTA member.

Student Member (OTS/OTAS):

Students either enrolled in an approved South Carolina accredited occupational therapy educational program or students who are residents of South Carolina and enrolled in an approved accredited occupational therapy educational program in another state.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Will be represented by 1 equal vote on the Executive Board by 1 student representative from each school and at SCOTA business meetings and other special meetings.
  3. Access to “members only” section of SCOTA website.
  4. May serve on committees or as student representative if elected.

Associate Member:

An individual who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as an OTR or COTA such as an occupational therapist not licensed in SC, an activity therapist, or a student from an educational program that is not occupational therapy.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

Affiliate Member:

A group who is interested in promoting occupational therapy, but is not eligible for membership as a registered occupational therapist, or COTA, such as a business, or other organization.

  1. Attend and participate in all business and special meetings of SCOTA.
  2. Receive routine mailings of SCOTA.
  3. May serve on committees.
  4. Non-voting member.
  5. no access to “members only” section of website.

Message from the President : Sarah Gassman Schultz

Thank you for visiting SCOTA’s website – we hope it will become one of your favorites!  It is our mission to promote and advance the profession of occupational therapy in the service of society.  We are excited to be able to offer a user- friendly site that provides fresh, relevant information.  Search our site for CEU opportunities, networking and advocacy opportunities, employment opportunities, regulatory information, and more.  Become a SCOTA member and enjoy access to our members-only area.  We welcome ideas, feedback, talents and energy!  Contact our Board members through the e-mail links.  Join us in letting the world know OT is strong in South Carolina and we believe in “Living Life to its Fullest”!
Sarah Gassman Schultz

Alert - Contact your Members of Congress to Stop Therapy Cap

Last week, the bill to repeal the therapy cap was reintroduced in Congress.  This bill would permanently repeal the arbitrary cap on Medicare outpatient therapy and ensure that Medicare recipients have access to medically necessary Occupational Therapy services.
 
Every two years, bills have to be reintroduced, and Members of Congress have to agree to cosponsor the new bill.  The last bill had 181 cosponsors in the House and 22 cosponsors in the Senate.  This Congress we can and should increase those numbers.  Repeal of the therapy cap is more important than ever.  Contact your Senators and Representatives today using the AOTA Legislative Action Center.
 
Heather Parsons
Director of Legislative Advocacy
American Occupational Therapy Association

Welcome to the SCOTA web site!

Welcome to the SCOTA website! As an OT professional you have taken another step towards your independence. You have surpassed many milestones and reached many goals in your development. Think of the people you have touched and the influence your voice holds on lives. Now think of the power of many OT professionals networking together to learn and share ideas, to help our profession from your desktop to the state level.

As a SCOTA member you will be able to network with hundreds of other OT professional in South Carolina. You will be able to keep track of all of your certifications and expirations in your profile; and you will receive discounts on CEU courses offered. You can also keep track of your certifications or to network.

-- The SCOTA board