DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THE JUNE 12 BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD VIA WEBEX
(Click here for more information)
In response to the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, DHS Administratrative Order 2020-01, and Executive Order 2020-17, the Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners may grant waivers for certain licensing requirements.
- Temporary waiver of fingerprint requirement for those applying for a new license and cannot have their fingerprints taken due to COVID-19. The Board may issue a six-month provisional licenses to those applying for a new license who cannot obtain fingerprints.
- Temporary waiver of exam requirement for those who have successfully completed their program but are not able to take the NBCOT exam because the testing centers are closed. The Board may issue a six-month provisional licenses to new graduates who cannot take the NBCOT exam. Proof of successful program completion is required.
- Temporary waiver of continuing education requirement for those who cannot complete their CEs due to COVID-19. The Board may issue a six-month extension letter to those who cannot complete their continuing education in time because of COVID-19.
- Fee waivers for those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. You must attest that you have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and cannot afford to pay licensing fees.
For detailed information on the waivers, click here.
In order to protect their health and well-being and that of their families, Occupational Therapy Board staff are telecommuting until further notice. We continue to work regular office hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) from home and are able to receive phone calls (which are forwarded to our cell phones) and emails. We ask that you have patience during this critical time. Many executive orders have been issued and we are doing our best to adapt our processes as quickly as possible. We have also received more than the normal number of emails and voicemails and are doing our best to respond in a timely manner.
The customer service window at 1740 West Adams Street is closed until further notice. Please do not bring applications, documents, or payments to the building, as there is nobody available to accept them. You are encouraged to submit all documents online. If you are unable to do so, please mail them via US Mail. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-15 EXPANSION OF TELEMEDICINE
News Release | Executive Order 2020-15
Board staff received clarification on this order from the Governor's office on 3/26/2020. This order includes occupational therapy assistants, as item 6 states telehealth services may be provided by "any Arizona licensed healthcare provider type including but not limited to...". Item 9 means that the practice of occupational therapy is the same as it was before telemedicine was allowed. Any treatments you were not authorized to provide before telemedicine are still not authorized.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-17 CONTINUITY OF WORK
News Release | Executive Order 2020-17
Executive Order 2020-17 helps licensed professionals in the state stay licensed and defers certain requirements for six months.