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Call For Nominations for the Maryland Board of OT Practice - 

Occupational Therapist

The Maryland Board of OT Practice is seeking nominations for an Occupational Therapist to serve a four year term.  Below is the Statute which outlines responsibilities and eligibility.  If you are interested in serving, you will need to complete an online application which will include the need to upload a resume and complete the Appointee Exemption Disclosure for which will be filed with the State Ethics Commission should you be appointed.  Please follow the link below for applications:


Additionally, please forward a copy of your resume to MOTA at keglseder@towson.edu for review.




Md. HEALTH OCCUPATIONS Code Ann. § 10-202  (2014)

§ 10-202. Board membership

   (a) Composition; appointment of members. --

   (1) The Board consists of seven members.

   (2) Of the seven Board members:

      (i) Four shall be licensed occupational therapists;

      (ii) One shall be a licensed occupational therapy assistant; and

      (iii) Two shall be consumer members.

   (3) The Governor shall appoint the occupational therapist members and the occupational therapy assistant member, with the advice of the Secretary, from a list of names submitted to the Secretary and the Governor by the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association.

   (4) The Governor shall appoint the consumer members with the advice of the Secretary and the advice and consent of the Senate.

(b) Qualifications of occupational therapist members and occupational therapy assistant member. -- Each member who is an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant shall:

   (1) Be a resident of this State at the time of nomination and appointment and for the duration of the term of the member; and

   (2) For at least 3 of the 5 years immediately before appointment have been engaged in:

      (i) Practicing occupational therapy or limited occupational therapy;

      (ii) Teaching occupational therapy; or

      (iii) Performing research in occupational therapy.

(c) Qualifications of consumer member -- In general. -- Each consumer member of the Board:

   (1) Shall be a member of the general public;

   (2) May not be or ever have been an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant or in training to become an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant;

   (3) May not have a household member who is an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant or in training to become an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant;

   (4) May not participate or ever have participated in a commercial or professional field related to occupational therapy;

   (5) May not have a household member who participates in a commercial or professional field related to occupational therapy; and

   (6) May not have had within 2 years before appointment a substantial financial interest in a person regulated by the Board.

(d) Qualifications of consumer member -- Restriction. -- While a member of the Board, a consumer member may not have a substantial financial interest in a person regulated by the Board.

(e) Oath. -- Before taking office, each appointee to the Board shall take the oath required by Article I, § 9 of the Maryland Constitution.

(f) Tenure; vacancies. --

   (1) The term of a member is 4 years.

   (2) The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the Board on July 1, 1994.

   (3) At the end of a term, a member continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

   (4) A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

   (5) A member may not serve more than two consecutive full terms.

   (6) To the extent practicable, the Governor shall fill any vacancy on the Board within 60 days of the date of the vacancy.

(g) Removal. --

   (1) The Governor may remove a member for incompetence or misconduct.

   (2) Upon the recommendation of the Secretary, the Governor may remove a member whom the Secretary finds to have been absent from two successive Board meetings without adequate reason.

HISTORY: An. Code 1957, art. 43, § 914; 1981, ch. 8, § 2; 1990, ch. 6, § 11; 1992, chs. 433, 434; 1993, ch. 84; 1996, ch. 10, § 1; 2009, ch. 60, § 5.



Come to MOTA's 2018 Annual Advocacy Night in Annapolis, Maryland- Monday, February 26

At 5:00p.m., occupational therapy practitioners, students, and advocates are going to invade Annapolis to raise our concerns to our policy makers. With the changing political climate in our nation and state capital, the direction of health care is volatile. 

You can have your voice heard and be part of the political process. Let your state Senators and community Delegates know who you are and what you stand for. As providers and consumers of health care, your expertise and concerns are important to the political process.  Please come and join us for an evening of advocacy and camaraderie.  Don’t think you can make a difference or know what to say? MOTA will have a special webcast prior to our advocacy night that will educate you on how to talk to your legislators. The webcast will also inform you of the bills MOTA has special interest in and our current positions with those bills. 

MOTA Member Janie Scott and her representative Dr Clarence Lam

Please let us know if you are coming by registering on the MOTA website by February 12th  so we can arrange meeting times with your legislators. You do not have to be a member to register. It's just a click away .  Make sure you receive a confirmation email or you did not complete the registration. 

PLUS, when you join us, you receive THREE (3) ROLE-RELATED CONTACT HOURS toward renewing your license!  Free!

Our voices have been heard before and we have made changes to health care for the better with HB 539 (SB 237), Health Insurance Habilitative Service period of time for coverage. We have made a difference for all children with disabilities in Maryland. Recently, our voices were heard opposing Athletic Trainers' efforts to change their scope of practice.

Lets keep our involvement active in the Annapolis political arena for our professional practice and our consumers. 

In depth details regarding carpooling, directions, parking, meeting location, appointment schedule, snow policy and office locations will all be sent shortly before February 26th. More details are on the MOTA website under events.

 You can also go directly to the registration page by clicking on this link: 

If you are unable to attend in person, we will provide you with other ways to contact your legislator. You may also attend the webinar prior to the event. 

Sonia Lawson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Vice President of Advocacy

Maryland Occupational Therapy Association



MOTA Testifies in the Senate and the House

I wanted to take the time to thank those members who came out yesterday (with little notice) to support MOTA at the Senate hearing of SB151, Revisions to the Athletic Trainers Act.  There was a lot of testimony, and opposition from PT, Chiropractors, and OT.  As a result, we were able to keep this bill from passing at this time.  It should be noted that this bill was also submitted to the House which means we may need to testify again. 

The revisions of SB151 included the removal of any language related to "athlete", "athletic injury" or "athletic performance", and instead changed the language to "treatment, rehabilitation, or reconditioning of an injury or illness..."  Please find the bill attached for your reference.

I would also like to thank Robyn Elliott, Rachael Faulkner, and Sonia Lawson, as well as Kristen Neville from AOTA for bringing this to our attention and organizing our testimony.

Although we were successful in our testimony, it is important that we stay diligent with legislative issues.  This WILL come back around.  If it had not been for our lobbying team, we would have missed this legislation all together.


I am  not one for shameless self promotion, but this is what your MOTA membership pays for.  In order to ensure that we maintain this protection in the future, please share with your colleagues this great benefit of MOTA membership.

Thank you to Denise Figueiredo, Justine Stull and Clare Wu for your testimony!



Link to see Senate testimony: http://mgahouse.maryland.gov/mga/play/5ddff635-ec54-4df2-b7cd-babde3078f8f/?catalog/03e481c7-8a42-4438-a7da-93ff74bdaa4c&playfrom=446000

Link to House testimony:

Our panel begins at the 1:52 minute mark.



MOTA Celebrating the Centennial 

MOTA is compiling information on the important role that Maryland had in the development of our profession.  If you would like to help with this project, please email keglseder@towson.edu

All help is welcome and you can give as much or as little time as you would like!

Please join us is showing everyone just how special OT in Maryland is!



March 17-18 ORTHOTIC FABRICATION: Principles and Techniques - This class teaches the fundamentals of custom hand orthotic fabrication. Custom static and mobilization splints, as well as the use of common prefabricated splints are described in detail. Pattern making, problem solving, and splint material selection along with extensive demonstration labs of custom splinting techniques.

March 24-25 - HANDS-ON TENDON TRAUMA. This class covers treatment of flexor and extensor tendon injuries. Various protocols including exercises and splinting as well as treatment of complications. Splinting demonstrations and case study discussions labs complement didactic information. Both classes available as one or two day. For more information and to REGISTER ON-LINE go to







Courses will be held at the Brookshire Suites Hotel. For more information, contact patriciarcse@gmail.com 

Motivations Incorporated Continuing Education

An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding

Baltimore MD:  April 6-7, 2018

8am - 5:30 pm

See brochure for details

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Please Visit the Maryland Moments tab to take a walk back in time.  This tab is being updated frequently with new Maryland Historical "Finds"

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