Mental health legislation.
AOTA Federal Affairs is focused on expanding opportunities for occupational therapy in mental health. Our current bill, H.R. 1037, the Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Act, would allow certain practitioners who go into mental health to qualify for student loan forgiveness. Between health care reform expanding access to mental health services for millions of people, and a new Congressional focus on providing behavioral health services in the schools, now is the time to help lawmakers understand occupational therapy's role in helping people with mental and behavioral health disorders participate in everyday life, and to gain support for H.R. 1037.