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Our Mission statement. And how we fulfill it. 

The Mission of LOTA is to:

advocate for our profession through state policies and laws

    • LOTA provides a lobbyist, Kevin Hayes, and participates in Legislative Day every spring 

    • LOTA’s committees review and act upon new policies, rules, and legislation that impact OT in the state of Louisiana

    • LOTA’s administrative office serves as a centralized communication hub with an executive director at its epicenter

- to promote high standards of clinical competency, and 
    • LOTA provides access to CEUs at a discounted rate with minimal travel expenses

    • LOTA offers professional guidance and consultations regarding Standards and Practice

    • LOTA provides current, up-to-date resources on evidence-based practice

- to facilitate statewide relationships within our professional community
    • LOTA maintains a user-friendly website with member-only sections

    • LOTA hosts quarterly district meetings across the state for professional, face-to-face networking

    • LOTA communicates through e-mail blasts, Facebook posts, and newsletters to inform and empower our practitioners

    • LOTA creates leadership opportunities for our members

Who is LOTA?

The LOTA Board of Directors consists of our executive officers, who are voted for by members, and our counsel and district chairs, who are appointed by our president. All members of the Board are volunteers who collectively organize professional events, advocacy, membership, and communications/publications on the state level. All LOTA members have the opportunity to participate in continuing education and advocacy events, district and state meetings, social networking and volunteering activities while providing financial support (including administrative and lobbyist services, website, and local CE courses) to keep LOTA moving forward. 

A letter from our President.

TO:                a non-member requesting clarification on the lobbyist for Louisiana's OTs

FROM:          Danielle Keyser
DATE:            October 6, 2015
SUBJECT:      Re: Information about LOTA   
   

A very common misconception is that Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) provides funding for our OT lobbyist, whom monitors legislation for regulations that may positively or negatively impact our profession at the state level. LSBME actually has nothing to do with the lobbyist. Kevin Hayes, our lobbyist, is paid solely by LOTA. As our lobbyist, Kevin identifies potential legislation that impacts OT directly or indirectly. LOTA has a legislative committee consisting of several board members along with interested LOTA members who review the proposed legislation and decides, with Kevin's guidance, if action needs to be taken. We meet with Senators and State Representatives, Worker’s Comp Administration, and will soon be meeting with DHH regarding recent rule changes that is having a negative impact on OTs in mental health. LOTA communicates regularly with AOTA - working together to protect the interests of clinicians in our state. Just last week, we submitted a letter in opposition of Louisiana’s 2017 Benchmark Plan which proposes insurance coverage that omits habilitative services.
In addition to the activities mentioned above, LOTA is in process of organizing the Occupational Therapy Gulf Coast Educational Symposium. This will take place June 23-34, 2016. We are bringing in national speakers and hoping to grow our membership and attract therapists from surrounding states. We are at a point where we are literally praying that something big, such as this conference, will help save our Association. In 2014, there were 2,665 licensed OTs and COTAs in Louisiana. LOTA has approximately 165 clinicians as members, and almost an equal number of student members. If membership does not increase, LOTA may not be around in years to come. We are strong and our Board is amazing and extremely dedicated; however, without necessary support and funding, we can’t achieve the great things we are capable of.
I am available to you, and any other clinicians that need to know that their $100/year is well spent. Please join us, and please spread the word that LOTA is a vital part of protecting our profession. Thank you so much for your interest. Again, please contact me if you have further questions.
Danielle Keyser, LOTR

President, Louisiana Occupational Therapy Association


What is Occupational Therapy?

"In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. . .


Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team."*

Occupational therapy practitioners, occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs), are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.  Occupational therapists now require a master's degree for entry level. The occupational therapy assistant generally earns an associate degree. Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, pass a national examination, and be licensed by each state in which they practice. 

You can further explore occupational therapy by visiting American Occupational Therapy Association.*

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