The job of the Texas Occupational Therapy Board is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas. They do this by ensuring each person who is a occupational therapist and holds a license in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely. This means the Texas Occupational Therapy Board has the authority to discipline the license of any occupational therapist or therapy assistant via the Occupational Therapy Rules. Chelle Law’s Texas Occupational Therapy Board Attorneys have represented over 1000 health care professionals before licensing boards and have the experience needed to help occupational therapists with Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners matters. We can assist all health professionals with Texas Occupational Therapy Board issues, including:
- Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
Texas Occupational Therapy Board Complaint
Who can file a complaint against an occupational therapist? Patients, Health Care Facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Texas Occupational Therapy Board receives a complaint, the Board will initiate an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the occupational therapist will receive notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for occupational therapists as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Texas Occupational Therapy Board.
Occupational Therapist Application Denial Assistance
Applicants to the Texas Occupational Therapy Board who have a criminal history or previous discipline by the Texas Occupational Therapy Board (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Texas Occupational Therapy Board
A licensee or applicant is required to report to the board a felony of which he is convicted within 60 days after the conviction occurs.
Board Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Texas Occupational Therapy Board disciplinary action to an administrative law judge with the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In some instances, a case is sent automatically to hearing. The administrative hearing is conducted by OAH before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but is similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument which should explain why the judge should rule one way or the other. A occupational therapist’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing, the ALJ reviews the transcripts, evidence and makes a recommendation. However, the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify the ALJ’s decision. If an individuals feels there has been a mistake they can request a rehearing.
Texas Occupational Therapy Disciplinary Actions
Texas Occupational Therapy Board disciplinary actions are given to occupational therapists with a license or certification in Texas. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Texas laws and regulations. Thus, at a Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the occupational therapist formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- License Denial
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Texas Occupational Therapy Board Attorney at Chelle Law or learning more about any of the services we provide to Texas occupational therapists we invite you to reach out to us today.