POTAC committee members Beth Ching and Karen McCarthy along with Shelby
Surfas, OTAC Lobbyist Ivan Altamura, and OTAC Vice President Bryant Edwards, represented mental health OT at the California Board of Psychology meeting on August 16. On September 18, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., of California announced he had signed into law OTAC’s sponsored legislative bill, AB 2221 (Bloom).

OT included in new federal regulations for mental health service

Occupational therapy is now included in new federal regulation as a mental health service that must be available in participating community mental health centers providing Medicare partial hospitalization services. According to Heather Parsons, AOTA’s director of legislative advocacy, “It’s the first time in decades that the federal government has defined what quality community mental health should look like, and occupational therapy is included.”