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Frequently Asked Questions

We get a lot of questions about the practice of Occupational Therapy and what MOTA can do for you!

Here are a few of the more common questions:

 

1.  I am moving to Montana and I want to be licensed in the state.  What do I need to do?

 

Answer:  Go to this website to get the answer:  http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/otp_board/board_page.asp

 

2.  I just got married and I changed my name.  How do I update this information for my OT license?

 

Answer: Click Here:  http://b.bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/otp_board/board_page.asp

 

3.  I want to get my superficial modalities certifications.  What steps do I need to take?

 

Answer: Visit the State Board of OT website, MOTA offers SPAM continuing education online CEU videos.

Please click on the link below to be directed to the Board of Occupational Therapy Practice:

MT Board of Occupational Therapy Practice

Specific questions may be directed to the Board at:
Address:
BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Fax: (406) 841-2305

Contact Information

For information on applications and licensing contact
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email: DLIBSDLicensingUnitB@mt.gov

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2319
Email: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email: DLIBSDAuditingUnit@mt.gov

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email: DLIBSDLicensingUnitA@mt.gov

Board Management: L'Joy Griebenow, Executive Officer
Phone: (406) 841-2258
Email: dlibsdotp@mt.gov

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    4.  I am a graduate student and I would like to send out an online survey.  Will MOTA send out the survey for me?

     

    Answer:  Yes.  We will also post them on the website for anyone to access.  Please go to the website and click on "Contact Us." or send an email to: MOTA President  We will respond to your email within one week.

     

    5.  How can I contact MOTA?

     

    Answer: 

    • MOTA BOARD MEMBER CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESSES:

      • General Questions relating to MOTA:  Lisa Lowery, President
      • Conference or scholarship Questions relating to  MOTA: Trent Gahl, Vice President 
      • Membership Questions relating to  MOTA:  Shirley Leo, Secretary
      • Financial Questions relating to MOTA:  Maddy Klapmeier, Treasurer 

     

    6.  Are there any occupational therapy schools in Montana?

     

    Answer:  Yes.  There currently are 2 OTD programs: Rocky Mountain College & University of Mary, both are located in Billings, MT.  

    7.  Do I have to live in the state to be part of MOTA?

     

    Answer:  No.  You can live in any state and still be an active member of MOTA.

     

    8.  How much continuing education is required in Montana? 

     

    Answer:10 CEU's are required per year.  See the State Board of OT website for more specific information or to find out if specific courses will be approved

     

     

    9.  Does my MOTA membership renew every calendar year or a year from the date I got my membership?

     

    Answer:  MOTA membership is based on the calendar year (January 1 - December 31).  If you renew after October 1, your membership will automatically be applied to next year's membership.

     

    10.  Is TELEHEALTH allowed in Montana?.  

    YES!  The MT OT board met on 5/13/2020 and the legal counsel changed their opinion on telehealth language needing to be added to the OT practice act in order for OT's to use telehealth in MT.  Please visit the MT OT board website for more information: http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/otp#0 

     

    MOTA's letter of support of OT's doing telehealth: montana_ot_telehealth.docx

     

    Here is the AOTA position paper on telehealth: AOTA Position Paper

    Here is the AOTA Telehealth advisory paper: telehealth-advisory.pdf

    https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/telehealth.aspx


    In the last legislative session the legislature approved insurance payments for telehealth services by OT’s (and other professions)

    OT practice act, we are chapter 24 listed in the above bill: https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/title_0370/chapter_0240/part_0010/sections_index.html

    AOTA telehealth advocacy letter: http://cqrcengage.com/aota/app/onestep-write-a-letter?0&engagementId=506864&fbclid=IwAR1J_M8TZIbi9iGJBLLi0BUn6qUu1FEC-QJMA7nC52e9iz7gc98qNpWCQj0

     AOTA information about CMS expansion of telehealth services: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/telehealth/Nonphysician-Evisits.aspx?utm_source=Virus%20Update%20031920&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AOTA%20Response%20to%20COVID%2D19

     

     

    11. What are the supervision requirements for COTA's in the state of MT?

     

    There are no special rules or restrictions for the supervision of COTA's in MT, general supervision is

    all that is required. MT Board of OT's statute can be found here: http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/otp#8?2

     
    "Certified occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under this chapter, who works under the general supervision of an occupational therapist in accordance with the provisions of the national board for certification in occupational therapy, inc., and adopted by the board.


     

     

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