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Substitute House Bill No. 5558



Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (3) of section 19a-17b of the general statutes, as amended by section 1 of public act 95-299, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(3) "Professional society" includes medical, psychological, nursing, dental, natureopathic, osteopathic, optometric, pharmaceutical, chiropractic, podiatric [and] physical therapy AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY organizations as well as individual practice associations as defined in Section 300e-1(5) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 USC 300e-1(5), as amended, having as members at least a majority of the eligible licentiates in the [state] AREA or health care facility or agency served by the particular society or, in the case of physical therapy organizations, at least twenty-five per cent of the eligible licentiates in the state.

Sec. 2. Section 20-74a of the general statutes, as amended by sections 12 and 21 of public act 95-257, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof: As used in this chapter:

(1) "Occupational therapy" means the evaluation, planning, and implementation of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain adaptive skills necessary to achieve the maximal physical and mental functioning of the individual in his daily pursuits. The practice of "occupational therapy" includes, but is not limited to, evaluation and treatment of individuals whose abilities to cope with the tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, the aging process, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, physical injury or disease, psychological and social disabilities, or anticipated disfunction, using (A) such treatment techniques as task-oriented activities to prevent or correct physical or emotional deficits or to minimize the disabling effect of these deficits in the life of the individual, (B) such evaluation techniques as assessment of sensory motor abilities, assessment of the development of self-care activities and capacity for independence, assessment of the physical capacity for prevocational and work tasks, assessment of play and leisure performance, and appraisal of living areas for the handicapped, (C) specific occupational therapy techniques such as activities of daily living skills, the fabrication and application of splinting devices, sensory motor activities, the use of specifically designed manual and creative activities, guidance in the selection and use of adaptive equipment, specific exercises to enhance functional performance, and treatment techniques for physical capabilities for work activities. Such techniques are applied in the treatment of individual patients or clients, in groups, or through social systems. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ALSO INCLUDES THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MODIFICATION OF PEER REVIEW. (2) "Occupational therapist" means a person licensed to practice occupational therapy as defined in this chapter and whose license is in good standing. (3) "Occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy, under the supervision of or with the consultation of a licensed occupational therapist, and whose license is in good standing. (4) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health. (5) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 7, 1996. Effective May 7, 1996.