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225 ILCS 75/2
(225 ILCS 75/2)
(from Ch. 111, par. 3702)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
In this Act:
(1) "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(3) "Board" means the Illinois Occupational Therapy Licensure Board
appointed by the Secretary.
(4) "Occupational therapist" means a person initially
registered and licensed to practice
occupational therapy as defined in this Act, and whose license is in good
(5) "Occupational therapy assistant" means a person
initially registered and licensed to assist in the practice of occupational
therapy under the supervision of a licensed occupational
therapist, and to implement the occupational therapy treatment program as
established by the licensed occupational therapist.
(6) "Occupational therapy" means the therapeutic use of purposeful and
meaningful occupations or goal-directed activities to evaluate and provide
interventions for individuals, groups, and populations who have a disease or disorder,
an impairment, an activity limitation, or a participation restriction that
interferes with their ability to function independently in their daily life
roles, including activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Occupational therapy services are provided for the purpose of habilitation, rehabilitation, and to promote health and wellness. Occupational therapy may be provided via technology or telecommunication methods, also known as telehealth, however the standard of care shall be the same whether a patient is seen in person, through telehealth, or other method of electronically enabled health care. Occupational therapy practice
may include any of the following:
(a) remediation or restoration of performance
abilities that are limited due to impairment in biological, physiological, psychological, or neurological processes;
(b) modification or adaptation of task, process, or
the environment or the teaching of compensatory techniques in order to enhance performance;
(c) disability prevention methods and techniques that
facilitate the development or safe application of performance skills; and
(d) health and wellness promotion strategies,
including self-management strategies, and practices that enhance performance abilities.
The licensed occupational therapist or licensed occupational therapy assistant may assume a variety of roles in
his or her career including,
but not limited to, practitioner, supervisor of professional students and
volunteers, researcher, scholar, consultant, administrator, faculty, clinical
instructor, fieldwork educator, and educator of consumers, peers, and family.
(7) "Occupational therapy services" means services that may be provided to
individuals, groups, and populations, when provided to treat an occupational therapy need, including the following:
(a) evaluating, developing, improving, sustaining, or
restoring skills in activities of daily living, work, or productive activities, including instrumental activities of daily living and play and leisure activities;
(b) evaluating, developing, remediating, or restoring
sensorimotor, cognitive, or psychosocial components of performance with considerations for cultural context and activity demands that affect performance;
(c) designing, fabricating, applying, or training in
the use of assistive technology, adaptive devices, seating and positioning, or temporary, orthoses and training in the use of orthoses and prostheses;
(d) adapting environments and processes, including
the application of ergonomic principles, to enhance performance and safety in daily life roles;
(e) for the occupational therapist or occupational
therapy assistant possessing advanced training, skill, and competency as demonstrated through criteria that shall be determined by the Department, applying physical agent modalities, including dry needling, as an adjunct to or in preparation for engagement in occupations;
(f) evaluating and providing intervention in
collaboration with the client, family, caregiver, or others;
(g) educating the client, family, caregiver, or
others in carrying out appropriate nonskilled interventions;
(h) consulting with groups, programs, organizations,
or communities to provide population-based services;
(i) assessing, recommending, and training in
techniques to enhance functional mobility, including wheelchair management;
(j) driver rehabilitation and community
(k) management of feeding, eating, and
swallowing to enable or enhance performance of these tasks;
(l) low vision rehabilitation;
(m) lymphedema and wound care management;
(n) pain management; and
(o) care coordination, case management, and
(9) "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
(Source: P.A. 102-307, eff. 1-1-22