Welcome to the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association's Website!

We are SO happy you are here !  PLEASE take a some time to get to know your new website.   Content for members is available in several different formats. We will have social input so link in to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. (Arkansas OTA)  Like anything, it takes a  bit to get to know how to navigate but, we are sure you will find it easy to use. Thank you for your support. We hope this upgraded site will assist with communication in all areas of the great state of Arkansas!!



 The Executive Board is excited to announce our new lobbyist.  His name is Taylor Riddle. Taylor Riddle is an independent lobbyist who works on a broad range of Arkansas issues. Riddle found his interest in politics serving as a Page for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. Riddle later went on to work on federal, state, and local campaigns before becoming the Executive Director of the Arkansas House of Representatives Democratic Caucus in 2013. He served as Executive Director under five caucus Leaders during the 89th, 90th, and 91st General Assemblies.  Let's Welcome Him to the world of Occupational Therapy!   Contacts will be given out soon.




12/1/2019  AOTA RA Report/ Fall 2019                                                                                                                                                                             The motion regarding adopting a single point of entry into the occupational therapy profession, for occupational therapists, at the level of: entry-level doctorate – was defeated. If you are interested in submitting a motion for the Spring Face-to-Face meeting, please go to the following link for more information: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/RA.aspx. Motions are due by January 29, 2020.                                                              Thank you,                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cindy Meyer                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arkansas Representative to the AOTA Representative Assembly.


 Quarter 4, 2019 will board the executive board meeting on November 9, 2019 at the University of Central Arkansas in room 200. 10 am til 12 pm.




District Chairs:
In an effort to feel more connected, we need input and representation from all areas of Arkansas. . A district chair will be the person in that designated area to help answer questions and report concerns.  This individual would attend quarterly board meetings to report back as to the dynamics and information shared within their respective district.   They would  assist with district meetings for his/her area. 
If you are interested in serving as a District Chair in your area or helping with events in your area, send us an email to [email protected] with "District Chair" and what section in the subject line.

South Arkansas

William "Billy" Hatridge OTR/L 

Northwest Arkansas

Melissa Foster, MS, OTR/L

Eastern Arkansas

Amber Billingsley OTR/L

Northeast Arkansas-

Dr. Amanda Mohler, OTD R/L

 Here's a synopsis of what is occurring as it relates to OT and Developmental Disabilities with Medicaid funding:  The work group consisting of representatives from AROTA, ArPTA, ArkSHA, and DDS met on January 11th.                                                                                                  Discussions included the revision of the DSM 640.   Changes include:                                                                                                                                                                                                           1. Removing the treatment box    2.   Adding DOB  3.    Removing the "under 21" at the top as the DSM 640 is now required for all therapies (child and adults) with developmental disabilities   4.    Removing the expenditure box and details at the bottom                                                                         Once the changes are finalized, the plan is to have the updated form promulgated by April with new form being effective July 1, 2019.  Elizabeth Pitman is the DDS contact over the eQHealthcare contract for therapy Prior Authorizations and Retrospective Reviews.  She is working to get edits added to the state's MMIS system so that PT/PTA and OT/OTA can have a composite prior authorization versus individual PA's for each service. OT evaluation codes are being worked on at present to be implemented July 1, 2019 on MMIS state billing system.  The ArKids Manual will be edited to state that OT and PT is covered by ArKids B. (current edition is outdated).   Section 215.00 in the Therapy Medicaid Manual is being reviewed and will be revised with anticipated initiation date of July 1, 2019.                                                                                                                                                Amy Goddard is the OT representative working on revisions to section 215.00 in Therapy manual. Thanks Amy !!

Respectfully Submitted to share with AROTA members by Angela Traweek.

     For those who have already joined us on the new AROTA  web-page- again, welcome.  To those visiting for the first time, we want to extend our warmest welcome as you experience the newly designed, fully integrated web-page for the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Association.  Our new web-page includes numerous features, including: Easy scheduling for calendar events; Conference sign up; Simple online membership payment processing; Detailed directory search; Group messaging boards; and much more.  

 AROTA has embarked on a mission.  We intend to be an integral part of Arkansas’ occupational therapy community and a valuable resource not only for the exceptional practitioners present, but also for the outstanding students on track to joining the workforce.

  As we continue to develop various components of the website, our plans include continuing education opportunities, resources for practitioners such as reference guides or standardized norm tables, and even a long term goal of offering an AROTA-sponsored OT conference within the state.  We are striving to better serve the OT community, as well as providing meaningful incentives to encourage your continued support for the state association and our mission.

  In an effort to continue the progress of our mission, AROTA board members have voted to increase the dues for all membership types beginning January 1st.  This will not affect any renewing members or new members in the 2018 calendar year; however, new prices will be in effect for individual renewal in 2019.  Increasing dues will provide financial stability and a means to impart change in accordance with our growing vision and mission. In an effort to impose a fair increase, numerous factors were considered. The board carefully researched surrounding states and the applicable fees for state association’s members, while taking into consideration the unique dynamics of Arkansas and its residents.  After consideration, the following membership prices will be instituted January 1st, 2019:

 OT Student:        $20

 OT Assistant:      $55

 OT Therapist:     $75

 While an increase in dues is never desired at an individual level, it is in fact a necessity to insure success for future organizational endeavors as well as to better secure the longevity of this association. Thank you for supporting your professional organization.

Again, thank you for your continued support.  If there is any way we can continue to improve the AROTA experience, please contact us directly.  We are currently seeking additional board members and committee heads to expand our mission.  Help us continue to cultivate AROTA.


09-08-2018:  Quarter 3 , 2018 Board Meeting will be held At UAMS /NW .   Time:  9:00 til 12:00 pm. The front door will be open only for our meeting.  Everyone park on top parking deck and walk right in.  We will go to Facebook live for the last 15 minutes of the meeting  for questions of those who are unable to attend the public forum portion of meeting.  We invite you to a meet and greet  after the board meeting for everyone to come together and visit. This will be from 1 pm til 3 pm. It will be held at Melissa Foster’s home. See announcement on member's only calendar on Event Calendar for address.. We will offer a CEU opportunity during meet and greet.   Hope to see you there.

05-05-18:  AROTA will be holding a general board meeting . It will be held from 10am-12pm at Arkansas Tech University, Morton Hall Rm 124. The board will meet from 10-11, but members are invited to attend from 11-12 to provide input and ask questions. We will test out Facebook live to try to connect with members unable to come to meeting.   We hope to see you there!

.2019 RETRO therapy review claims with AFMC:  As you know, the vendor who reviews Therapy claims changed on January 1, 2019.  Our previous vendor's, AFMC, contract with us to review any claims, whether for prior authorization or retrospective review, ended on December 31, 2018.  Because the new vendor is reviewing several different claim types, we decided to prioritize the work in three phases.  We here at DDS prioritized prior authorizations of therapy for more than 90  minutes per week, because it was felt by us that it was important for children to continue to receive the level of therapy they need during this transition.  
Our new vendor, eQHealth Solutions, will begin retrospective reviews, or audits, of therapy claims for less than 90 minute per week on March 1, 2019.  From now until March 1, 2019, you will not receive any requests for records on retrospective reviews.  I will work with eQHealth to send out more messaging on how they will conduct those reviews in the next few weeks.
Thank you,
S. Elizabeth Pitman | Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities Services/Director's Office Assistant Director for Tier 1 Services and Policy Lead P.O. Box 1437-Slot N501 |Little Rock, AR 72201-1437
Phone: (501) 682-4936
Fax: (501) 682-8380
[email protected]




General Information

Here is the latest from CMS conerning The IRF PPS Addenda along with other supporting documents and tables referenced in this final rule are available on theCMS website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/​Medicare/​Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/​InpatientRehabFacPPS/​.

 New ACOTE Accreditation Standards Adopted..After an extensive 2 ½-year process, multiple surveys to the communities of interest, and several open hearings, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has adopted new accreditation standards for doctoral-degree-level occupational therapy programs, master’s-degree-level occupational therapy programs, baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs, and associate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant programs. The new Standards are available on the ACOTE accreditation section of the AOTA Web site . CLick Here for Direct link to ACOTE website. Programs will be required to comply with the new 2018 Standards by July 31, 2020.In addition, ACOTE voted to allow early implementation of two doctoral-level Standards as programs would like to develop their curricula to reflect the new Standards to better address the needs of their faculty and students and for strategic planning purposes. Specifically,

  1. Allow programs to waive the requirement in 2011 Standard A.3.2 for program applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree or higher prior to admission to the program.
  2. Allow OTD programs to have a 14-week Capstone Experience (2018 Standard D.1.3) versus a 16-week Capstone Experience (2011 Standard C.2.3).

ACOTE will host information sessions on the new Standards at the April 2019 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo in New Orleans. In the spring and fall of 2019, ACOTE will provide regional workshops for interested faculty. The workshops will focus on the changes in the new Standards and strategies that programs could use to ensure compliance

In Arkansas, Occupational Therapy is regulated by the Arkansas State Medical Board. For license information, please contact:

1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 340
Little Rock, AR 72201-2936
(501) 296-1802

For the Arkansas Occupational Therapy Pratice Act, please visit: 


For the Arkansas OTA change/add supervision form and tracking log, please visit:


Depending upon your practice setting, you may need an NPI (National Provider Identifier). It is free and can be obtained online at:

In order to become a Medicaid Provider in Arkansas, please visit: