An Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact? Yeah, it’s Happening!

We’re excited to share that travel therapy will get easier for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants thanks to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

The AOTA has announced a multi-year contract with the Council of State Governments National Center for Interstate Compacts to create a professional licensing compact for OTs and COTAs by 2024. In just a few years, occupational therapy professionals interested in travel opportunities will be able to enjoy the perks of maintaining their home state licensure while obtaining privileges to practice in other states.

The AOTA’s general timeline for the initiative currently projects three phases occurring between August 2019 and July 2023, including research and drafting of the compact language, legislative strategy and efforts, and establishing and transitioning to the governing body (i.e. a Compact Commission), before the 2024 goal of having the new Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact in place.

These upcoming changes will grant more opportunities to OT practitioners while improving patient access to occupational therapy.