Occupational Therapy

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Occupational therapy is a profession that is currently growing faster than anyone would have expected. Because of the increase in demands for occupational therapy services, therapists are having larger caseloads, needing the help of more occupational therapists. Occupational therapy in the mental health setting is one environment that has grown in popularity over the last decade. Knowing the benefits of occupational therapy in this setting, and the expansion of clients needing occupational therapy services, more funding needs to be established in this setting.
In March 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act was passed and signed. This included provisions of the Excellence in Mental Health Act. It is a demonstration project, consisting …show more content…

This law has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on October 3, 2017.
This Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act is beneficial in making sure people from all over the county has the resources they need to improve everyday life for people who have a mental illness or who are recovery from substance abuse. Wanting to expand the number of states who are involved in this act shows that more states want to expand access to mental and behavioral treatment. This bill would allow the states who are currently in this program to continue its work in making a better mental health setting and allows more states to have more resources. If Congress is aware of the benefits of mental health clinics and making access to it affordable, hopefully, they will acknowledge the need to increase the funding that is needed to hire more occupational therapists in this setting.
Another law that relates to increasing funding in mental health settings is the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law by President Barak Obama. Under this law, occupational therapy education programs can apply for grants in mental and behavioral health workforce training. This will help students who are doing their fieldwork in mental health more opportunities.
Because of this law, it confirms that occupational therapy is a

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