|Action||Initial regulations for registration of Qualified Mental Health Professionals|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/5/2019|
Request for Revision of Hours Required for Mental Health OT
My name is Nicole Ail. I am currently a Masters student in occupational therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia . I have two more years before I complete my degree and my plans are to practice here in Virginia after I graduate. I have an interest in working in mental health and will be completing field work in mental health within the next year. Mental health plays a very critical role in client's needs and it is essential and neccessary to provide as much care as possible, and as soon as possible, to all of those in need.
Occupational therapists have been working in the area of mental health helping clients develop the skills to live healthier, more satisfying daily lives since the profession began over 100 years ago. Occupational therapists have been recognized in federal legislation and by federal agencies as mental health providers and we need to do the same here in Virginia.
I am writing in support of the proposed changes to the emergency regulations for occupational therapists to register as qualified mental health providers for adults and children in the state of Virginia. I support a revision of Part II Requirements for Registration regulation 18VAC115-80-40 B.5 to be 500 hours instead of 1,500 in order to help as many in need as soon as possible. Requirements for registration as a QMHP-A and 18VAC115-80-50 B.4. Requirements for registration as a QMHP-C
Thank you for your time, your service to the Board of Counseling and to the Commonwealth of Virginia and your thoughtful consideration of this request.
224 Hackberry Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655