MiOTA - Advocacy Action
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead MIOTA Virtual Lansing Lobby Week
Events on Thursday, February 24th, 2022:
9:00am - 10:00am Live Virtual Kick Off Event
10:00am - 10:30am Attend a Senate Meeting
12:00pm - 1:00pm MiOTA Small Group Advocacy Breakout Sessions
Individual virtual meetings with Representatives will be scheduled February 24th - March 3rd, 2022. You must register online
to participate in the Lansing Lobby Week events.
MiOTA Advocacy Committee strives to provide comprehensive awareness, education, and support on topics relevant for practice with all Michigan OT’s and OTA’s. The committee focuses on both advocacy and legislation activity. ADVOCACY
: Actions that support, promote, increase awareness, argues for a cause, represents consumers, and educates. It is an ongoing process to protect your scope of practice, increase utilization of resources, and foster networking among consumers and professionals. You can advocate without legislative changes occurring, and often this is requires more time and attention prior to any legislative activity. LEGISLATION/ LOBBYING
: Communicating with decision makers for proposal policy changes that impact scope of practice and safety of consumers. Legislation activity typically occurs during and /or after advocacy action, however, rarely occurs without initial advocacy activity. MiOTA Advocacy Committee Structure: Advocacy Committee:
A group of MiOTA members (OT, OTA, and students) that meet once a month to discuss the advocacy and legislative needs of Michigan. Topics selected to address are from AOTA, our lobbyist, and OT/OTA/students input and reports. The topics are divided among committee members to lead workgroups, create action plan, and share with MiOTA members.Public Policy:
This subcommittee reviews all questions that are submitted to the MiOTA website which may include the following: scope of practice, licensure, safety, student issues, fieldwork, etc. Members of the committee will reach out to experts in the field for answers to ensure accurate dissemination of information. All questions and answers are kept on record in the MiOTA office and shared publicly under FAQ.Reimbursement:
This subcommittee reviews current reimbursement issues, manages inquiries from OT/OTA’s and maintains communication with insurance providers. It reports on any Medicare and Medicaid changes/updates. MiOTA has a designated member who is our BCBS liaison due to the vast number of needs in the state with that provider.Friends of OT in MI PAC:
This is a voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan Political Action Committee of members from the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association to support OT friendly candidates in legislative affairs.