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Welcome to the OTAC Advocacy Center!
The OTAC Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee is dedicated to ensuring a proactive and timely response to legislative or regulatory activity which may impact the practice of occupational therapy. Read more about the Committee's purpose and functions.
2021 Virtual Advocacy Week
4/19/21 - 6:00pm
Advocacy Week Training/Orientation
4/25/21 - 5:30pm
OTAC-PAC Mixer - Wine Zoom Night
Advocacy Week Meetings Start
Schedule To Come
Oppose Cuts to Medi-Cal OT ServiceYour voice was heard. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters opposing the Medi-Cal OT service cuts in the Governor’s revised 2020-21 State Budget. The Assembly voted against the cuts. But there are more hurdles to leap. We will soon be asking you again to voice your opposition. Watch for the call to action in your email.
California Legislature Early Adjournment due to COVID-19
The Legislature had adjourned for an extended/early spring recess due to COVID-19. Bills that were previously set to be heard in policy committee had been canceled with anticipation that they will be reset at a later time. While the Legislature has recovered not all bills will be acted upon this session.
2020 Legislative Activity
Legislative bills tracked by OTAC - as of June 1, 2020
Resources to Help You Be a Stronger Advocate for OT
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Be a Virtual Advocate
- Internet. You can support advocacy by listening to hearings, floor sessions and press conferences over the Internet. Check it out.
- TV. You can view legislative proceedings on the California channel. Check it out.
- Locate and Track. Do you want to find legislative bill information on your own? Track bills of interest to you? Bookmark your favorite bills? Go to this link. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
- Find Your Legislator. Find your legislator by zip code and links to legislators' websites. Check it out at www.leginfo.ca.gov.
- Listen to CBOT Board Meetings. CBOT Board meetings are webcast through the Dept. of Consumer Affairs. Check here for Board meeting schedule. Click here to listen in.
OTAC-PAC - make an online donation today, or download the donation form. Political contributions help ensure OTAC's access to political decision so that we can advocate on important issues for occupational therapy practitioners. Learn more about the PAC.
- OTAC Weekly Status Report for Legislative Bills
- California Office of the Governor - www.gov.ca.gov.
- California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT) - attend their Board meetings, dates and location are posted under Board. Locate information about licensing and proposed and new regulations. www.bot.ca.gov.
CBOT Committees - You are invited to participate.
- Division of Workers Compensation - http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm.
- AOTA Federal Affairs information - www.aota.org. Click on Advocacy & Policy
Meet the OTAC Lobbyists
Jennifer Snyder, MPA, is a partner in Capitol Advocacy, LLC, one of Sacramento's premier lobbying firms. She has 20 years of legislative and advocacy experience with an emphasis on health and human services issues in California. She has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in health administration. Ms. Snyder's legislative career was spent in the California State Senate for five years as a legislative consultant specializing in health and education issues. She then served as the legislative director for the California Association of Health Facilities and the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. In 2000, she was hired by the California Hospital Association to spearhead their psychiatric hospital advocacy program. Ms. Snyder joined Capitol Advocacy in 2003, and became a partner in 2006. She has since worked with a broad range of clients on a wide array of issues in the legislative, administrative, and regulatory settings.
Lindsay Gullahorn, BA, brings over a decade of political, legislative, and policy experience to the firm as a lobbyist at Capitol Advocacy. Her expertise in a variety of policy issues, and her keen understanding of political fundraising and campaign finance, provides clients with a breadth of knowledge and the ability to respond quickly to client needs. Beginning her career at Capitol Advocacy over a decade ago, Gullahorn’s longevity has proven invaluable for each client. She brings a deep understanding and historical background of policy issues pertinent to them. Her knowledge and experience provide clients with ongoing updates and analysis on their key issues and the politics that impact them. She has successfully advocated for clients on complex issues such as privacy, financial services, professional licensing, pharmacy, and other healthcare related matters. She also has a breadth of regulatory experience, which has given her the skills to navigate California’s labyrinthine of administrative boards, bureaus and agencies, and achieve favorable outcomes on behalf of the firm’s clients. In addition to her advocacy work, Gullahorn pays close attention to all proposed legislation for the firm’s clients. She also crafts position letters, analyzes budget proposals, participates in oversight and informational hearings, follows all regulatory matters of interest, and provides an in-depth review to clients after each legislative deadline. Along with her extensive policy work, she is pivotal in developing individualized political contribution plans for each of the firm’s clients. Her understanding of California’s complex political environment, and knowledge of the ever-changing leadership dynamics offers clients an unmatched insider perspective. She regularly provides clients with political updates, which have been published by global organizations and state associations. Gullahorn completed her Bachelor of Arts in government at California State University, Sacramento in 2005.