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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee!


Greetings from the Co-Chairs



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Thank you for visiting the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (POTPAC) webpage!! 

With the help of our contributors, we have achieved visibility and have advocated on the behalf of occupational therapy in Harrisburg with some key legislators. Since POTA cannot is not able to support political candidates, your contributions to POTPAC are critical to enable us to do that. Occupational therapy practitioners in Pennsylvania must be vigilant with regard to ensuring that our profession and our practice are “present and accounted for” in Harrisburg. Besides visiting your legislative representatives and advocating on behalf of occupational therapy, the other thing that you can do is contribute to the PAC.

Donations from individuals are the only mechanism by which POTPAC can accept monies….please be sure to do your part. If every member donated $50 per year (less than $1.00 per week), we would have a reserve of over $50,000!!! But please remember that every donation, regardless of amount helps to ensure that OT has a seat at the policy making table.

Consider making a donation to the PAC and asking 1 or 2 of your colleagues to match it. One contribution at a time to BACK the PAC will help to ensure that our services are available to the consumers who need them the most!!

Thanks for your help ~ we can’t work FOR you WITHOUT you!!

With Kind Regards,
Cathy Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Ann Stuart, OTD, OTR/L

     Click HERE for                    POTPAC                   Constitution and                       Bylaws

POTPAC Updates and Action

CLICK HERE for more - open to POTA members and non-members - here is where we post photos and update your about important topics.



Support POTPAC - Click HERE to donate now!


POTPAC Officers

Co-Chairs: Cathy Piersol, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA  and Ann Stuart, OTD, OTR/L

Treasurer: Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Advocating for Occupational Therapy

  Angela Salvadia, PhD, OTR/L and Nicole Brackman, OTS from Elizabethtown College represented the POTPAC at a fundraising event for Senator Jay Costa on October 18, 2016 at the offices of Malady and Wooten. Sen. Costa is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represents the 43rd District and currently serves as the Democrats floor leader.

The POTPAC was visible at a fundraiser in December for Rep Dave Reed of the 62nd Congressional District (Indiana County) who serves as the Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. POTAC was represented by Christine Achenbach, OTR/L, of Elizabethtown College who was accompanied to the event by Elizabethtown College Occupational Therapy Students, Sarah Masco and Rebecca Patten. Chris, Sarah, and Rebecca had the opportunity to speak with Rep Reed about OT and OT education. Thanks to all of you for your commitment to the PAC!!


 POTPAC working for occupational therapy practice

The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (POTPAC) is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated committee of members of POTA. POTPAC was formed in June, 2003 with the purpose of furthering the legislative aims of the Association by influencing or attempting to influence the selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to any State public office, and of any occupational therapist, registered, certified occupational therapy assistant, or occupational therapy student member of POTA seeking election to public office at any level. The committee is not affiliated with any political party.

POTA standing alone cannot contribute even a token amount to a candidate. Through a PAC, we, as occupational therapists, can solicit and direct the flow of contributions and provide important assistance to individual candidates for election to State office. Decisions of Pennsylvania 's General Assembly can and do have a direct, long-range effect on the occupational therapy profession. When individuals with mutual interests unite and support candidates who share those interests, steps toward favorable action can be encouraged. The candidates who support the profession need our support. Political involvement enables a us to broaden our contacts in the legislative and executive branches. Through POTPAC, occupational therapy practitioners in Pennsylvania have a collective voice which will be heard in the debates over the ever-expanding number of health care issues that come before the General Assembly.

POTPAC Officers rely on recommendations from Association members and officers to help make decisions regarding which candidates will receive POTPAC support. POTPAC makes financial contributions to candidates for State office regardless of party affiliation. Among the criteria used to determine which candidates to support, the POTPAC Officers consider the following factors:

  1. Is the candidate sympathetic to the goals of the occupational therapy profession?
  2. Has the candidate supported specific proposals or policies advanced by the profession?
  3. If an incumbent, does the candidate hold a key position of responsibility (i.e. chair or member of important committee or subcommittee; member of majority or minority leadership)?
  4. If a nonincumbent, will the candidate pursue assignment to a key committee or subcommittee, or likely to be in a position to assist the profession?


Raising Money

The majority of money raised by POTPAC is through direct POTA member contributions.  An option for making a contribution to the PAC is offered when you join or renew your POTA membership.  Contributions can also be made by clicking the link below. Telemarketing efforts, mail solicitations and other fund raising activities are also conducted as feasible and necessary.

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