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- OTAC members and volunteers began decorating the Centennial Float for the Tournament of Roses Parade (TM)
- OTAC Initiated the largest publicity campaign for the profession of occupational therapy centered around OTAC's official float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade (TM)
- OTAC celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the Annual Conference in Pasadena, California
- Region 2 hosted the 15th Annual Tea with a Scholar, with speaker Ann McDonald, MA, PhD, OTR/L, who presented on "Family Power: Lessons from the Field and Pop Culture."
- OTAC held first Annual Advocacy Day
- OTAC launched School-based OT Credentialing Sub-committee
- OTAC held the 2015 OTAC Annual Conference in Sacramento
- OTAC held 2015 Spring Symposium in Anaheim
- Networking: OTAC held three Meet 'n' Mingle events in Roseville, Marysville, and Fresno
- Professional Development: OTAC held one education event in Downey
- Networking: OTAC held a Meet 'n' Mingle event at Grossmont College
- Advocacy Update: Davis
- Professional Development: OTAC held the 2014 OTAC Annual Conference in Pasadena
- Networking: OTAC held a Meet 'n' Mingle event at Stanbridge College
- Professional Development: OTAC held the 13th Annual Afternoon Tea with a Scholar in Los Angeles
- Professional Development: OTAC Supports the POTAC - OT Education and Evidence-Based Practice for Interprofessional Collaboration
- Public Relations: OTAC receives Certificate of Appreciation for participating for 5+ years in the CSU, Dominguez Hills Masters of Occupational Therapy Career Fair Day | certificate
- Professional Development and Networking: OTAC supported the Clinical Academic Educational Partnership in Occupational Therapy and held a Meet 'n' Mingle Reception following the event
- Professional Development: OTAC held a one-day Pediatric Education Symposium at West Coast University
- Professional Development: OTAC supported the POTAC Current Evidence on PTSD & The Evolving Role of OT and 12th Annual Practice Issues Forum
- Advocacy: OTAC held 5th Annual Region 2 Legislative Reception
- Professional Development: OTAC held one one-day continuing education event in Santa Rosa
- Networking: OTAC held one Meet 'n' Mingle event in Yucaipa
- Professional Development: OTAC held the 2014 OTAC Spring Symposium in Anaheim
- Advocacy: OTAC held the 2nd Annual Region 1 Legislative Reception in conjunction with the 2014 OTAC Spring Symposium in Anaheim
- Professional Development: OTAC held one one-day education event in Fresno
- Networking: OTAC held one Meet 'n' Mingle event in Santa Maria
- Professional Development: OTAC supported LAOTLF - OT Focus On The Shoulder and Cognition
- Advocacy Update: University of St. Augustine
- Webinar: Workers Compensation – Changes to Reimbursement Calculations
- Advocacy Update: Sacramento City College OTA Students
- Advocacy Update: Samuel Merritt OT Students
- Public Relations: OTAC sponsored the viewing and discussion of the documentary, Age of Champions, for the Pacific Chapter of the Neuropathy Association
- OTAC 3rd Annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in conjunction with the 37th Annual Conference
- Advocacy: OTAC urged Covered California to more clearly describe essential health benefits, which includes occupational therapy, on its website
- Public Relations: OTAC honors outstanding OT practitioners and student
- Public Relations: OTAC helps launch new logo and branding for the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy (CFOT)
- Member Benefits: OTAC institutes new benefit, myofficeproducts
- Afternoon Tea with a Scholar, featuring Elizabeth Pyatak, PhD, OTR/L
- Advocacy Update: California OT Fieldwork Council Conference
- Advocacy Update: USC OT Students
- Advocacy: OTAC suggested amendments to legislation to ensure that occupational therapy is protected and enhanced in all autism-related legislative bills
- Advocacy: OTAC developed a Fact Sheet on Mandated Behavioral Health Treatment
- Advocacy: OTAC participated in AOTA’s Annual Capitol Hill Day
- Public Relations: OTAC President represented the Association at the Los Angeles County Supervisorial District 5 – Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection
- Public Relations: OTAC President attended the West Coast University Masters OT Program inaugural student orientation
- Communications: OTAC ‘goes green’ with its newsletter
- Public Relations: OTAC President presented at the Stanbridge College OTA program
- Public Relations: OTAC partners with Habitat for Humanity to implement Universal Design principles
- Public Relations: OTAC established a media subcommittee
- Professional Development: OTAC held two one-day symposiums in San Marcos and Anaheim
- Public Relations: OTAC exhibits at the AOTA 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego
- Advocacy: OTAC held the 4th Annual Region 2 Legislative Reception | Certificate
- Professional Development: OTAC supported the 11th Annual OT Practice Issues Forum
- Public Relations: OTAC exhibited at the Health Student Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Conference
- Professional Development: OTAC held two one-day regional symposiums in Sacramento and San Jose
- Public Relations: OTAC conducts Member Appreciation Month activities
- Professional Development: OTAC held two one-day regional symposiums in Carson and Sacramento
- Member Benefits: OTAC launches online practitioner community, OTAC Forums
- Advocacy: OTAC participated in several legislative events including Speaker of Assembly John A. Perez, Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, State Assemblymember Chris Holden |Certificate Liu | Certificate County of LA
- Patricia Nagaishi, PhD, OTR/L elected as President (2012-2014)
- 2012 Spring Symposium held at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel was a grand success, largest attendance in the events history.
- Member Benefits: OTAC launches online professional development tracking program – myOTlicense
- OTAC's Annual Conference celebrated 35 years.
- American Diabetes Association honored as the 4th Annual OTAC Conference Sponsored Organization.
- Shawn Phipps, PhD (Cand.), MS, OTR/L elected President for a second term of office.
- 2010 Spring Symposium held at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel was a grand success.
- Members voted to support a new committee structure.
- 34th Annual OTAC Conference in Pasadena, CA was a huge success - attendance surpassed the 2009 Conference.
- CA Brain Injury Association honored as the 3rd Annual OTAC Conference-Sponsored Organization.
- OTAC transitioned to a new association management database for greater capabilities at less cost.
- 33rd Annual OTAC Conference had the largest attendance in OTAC's 33-year history.
- Autism Speaks honored as the 2nd Annual OTAC Conference-Sponsored Organization.
- Occupational Therapy Assistants become licensed in the State of California.
- OTAC introduces online continuing education opportunities for members via webinars and podcasts.
- Shawn Phipps, MS, OTR/L elected President.
- OTAC hires new executive director, Karen C. Polastri.
- OTAC adopts a new logo, website, and newsletter format for enhanced communications with members.
- Rebuilding Together honored as the first official OTAC Conference-Sponsored Organization.
- Pro-Quest, a full-text evidence-based article database subscription, was introduced as a new OTAC membership benefit.
- Chuck Strauch retires after 22 years serving as Executive Director. Karen Polastri takes the reins.
- Annette Bushong retires after 11 years as Office Manager.
- Richard Bookwalter signs contract with Association Resource Center (ARC) and OTAC moves to a new Folsom address. ARC offers a new staffing model and cost-sharing structure with other professional associations.
- Richard Bookwalter elected President, 2006-2008.
- Membership votes to approve restructure of the association and the Board of Directors from 15 chapter representation to a 5 region structure and representation.
- 1st Spring Fling No Frills Conference held.
- Christine Weitlisbach elected President, 2004-2006.
- Members begin to receive their licenses.
- OTAC moves to El Camino Avenue office.
- Melissa Szamet elected President, 2002-04.
- OTAC resubmits licensure bill as SB 1046 and clears the Senate with no opposition.
- CCAPTA opposes the bill at Assembly Health Committee hearing and extensive renegotiation begin.
- The bill is resubmitted for consideration and passed with unanimous vote.
- Diane Josephs is elected President, 2000-02.
- SB 1046 signed into law by Governor Gray Davis on September 25, 2000.
- The California Board of Occupational Therapy is formed.
- OTAC Board adopts Vision Statement.
- Sunrise document is completed and submitted.
- Face to face negotiations begin with the California Chapter of Physical Therapy Association (CCAPTA).
- OTAC licensure bill is submitted (SB 1287), goes to the governor's desk, and is vetoed by Gov. Davis for financial concerns.
- Resolution E is referred to AOTA state task force committee for consideration.
- OTAC publishes "Branching Out: Private Practice and Beyond"
- Luella Grangaard elected President, 1998-2000.
- OTAC begins negotiations with AOTA to collaborate on a new licensure initiative.
- OTAC enters into the first state association - AOTA memorandum of understanding to move forth a new licensure initiative.
- Lobbyist is hired to begin work on the licensure bill. Senator Kevin Murray agrees to author the bill.
- The volunteer initiative "Make a Difference" begins, which aims to recruit 300 volunteers over the next two years.
- OTAC submits Resolution E to AOTA representative assembly.
- OTAC is invited to begin collaborations with the California Health Association (CHA).
- Susan Smiley elected President, 1996-1998.
- The first OTR student representative serves on the Board of Directors.
- OTAC publishes "OT Aide Training Manual".
- The Board of Directors passes a budget for the first time.
- OTAC is invited to attend a reception for the President of the United States, Bill Clinton.
- Lin Reed elected President, 1994-1996.
- AB 1852 is introduced initially as a licensing act, but is later amended to broaden the existing Trademark Law and is signed into law in September.
- Brenda Collins is elected President, 1992-1994.
- The Licensure Advisory Panel submits a revised scope of practice to the OTAC Board of Directors where it is adopted.
- The Great Grassroots Campaign is developed to assure that key legislators are connected to local occupational therapists to assist them with health care issues.
- An Attorney General's opinion is obtained regarding the use of physical agent modalities in conjunction with occupational therapy, which is contrary to the General's opinion in 1982.
- The Mission Plan and Long Range Plan is revised, resulting in new goals being:
- Quality occupational therapy practice in California
- Occupational therapy as a viable health profession in California
- OTAC, as a viable organization, effectively meet members needs.
- Janet Jabri is elected President, 1990-92.
- AB 1245 is introduced to the Assembly Health Committee to establish licensure for occupational therapy. It is defeated.
- Ardith Breton elected President, 1988-1990.
- A scope of practice, as defined by the Licensure Task Force, is adopted by the Board of Directors.
- A Licensure Task Force is appointed to further study the issue of Licensure.
- Chuck Strauch hired as first full-time salaried Executive Director/Lobbyist.
- First OTAC office is established two blocks from the capital in Sacramento.
- Annual conference incorporates a paid speaker and innovative educational tracks.
- Diane Hendricks elected President, 1984-1988.
- President-Elect position developed to allow training and transition time.
- AB 34 79 submitted, a repeat attempt to establish a scope of practice definition. It is dropped.
- SB 103 submitted, establishing a definition for an occupational therapy scope of practice. It is dropped.
- Despite tremendous debate, AB 1145 is dropped.
- AB 1145 submitted to legislature, combining licensure with annual continuing education requirements.
- OTAC responded to a request from the Attorney General regarding occupational therapy's use of modalities listed in the Physical Therapy Practice Act.
- The Board recognized its greatest membership challenge is to help members understand why and how decisions are made and to actively seek their support for that decision.
- OTAC submitted a resolution to the AOTA Representative Assembly which and was passed, resulting in AOTA taking notice of this fledgling association.
- Mary M. Evert elected President from 1980-84.
- OTAC contracts with OTAC to provide management services.
- AK Associates contracted to provide management support and Sacramento office established. First professional office address for any occupational therapy association in the U.S.
- Doris Cutting elected President, 1978-80.
- A Long Range Plan was developed for the Association with the goals:
- To augment the understanding and use of occupational therapy.
- To upgrade the quality of occupational therapy practice.
- To solidify the OTAC organizational structure.
- A Trademark Law passed which protected the title of occupational therapy.
- Southern California Occupational Therapy Association (SCOTA) and Northern California Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) merge to become one incorporated state association.
- Mary Lou Hymen elected as President, 1976-1978.
- First licensure bill passed by both legislative houses and then vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.