Legislation and Advocacy
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Greetings from the Legislation Coordinator ...


Alyson Stover, JD, OTR/L  Legislation Coordinator


As busy practitioners, educators or consultants, we frequently get caught up in the everyday rush of work, family and other obligations. How often do we take time to think about career security? What guarantees that when we wake up tomorrow we will have somewhere to work, clients to treat, or students to teach? An important part of that answer is Advocacy and attending to the goings-on in our Pennsylvania legislature.
  • First and foremost it is important that we all understand how much our everyday practice and work is affected by both Washington and Harrisburg.
  • Secondly, we must recognize our own role and responsibility to this process.

Perhaps we feel intimidated at the prospect of interacting with senators and representatives, or we feel as if we don't know enough to even make a phone call of support. This section has information to help you feel a part of what we call Advocacy. I hope you will take time to read and educate yourself about what is happening in our state legislature, and explore ways that you can help us better inform our policy makers about Occupational Therapy!

 April 2017 declared OT Month in Pennsylvania House of Representatives!

READ Resolution 15

Legislation Committee

Susan Abazly, COTA/L, CLT
District VI

Lindsey Fischer, MS, OTR/L
District V

Liz Krystyniak, OTR/L
District II

Ann Angus, OTR/L
District V

Alison Foura, MS, OTR/L
District III

Glenn Kushner, OTR/L 
District I

Michelle Baun, OTR/L
District V

Wendy Fox, MS, OTR
District V

Joy Lloyd, OTR/L
District IV

Dawn Bieber, OTR/L
District V

Rebecca Gross, MS, OTR/L
District I

Michelle Ralph, MS, OTR/L
District V

Teresa Carroll, OTR/L
District V

Mike Hess, OTR/L
District II

Kristina Smith, OTR/L
District V

Denise Chisholm, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
District II

Kristen Horst, MS, OTR/L
District I

Jan Zeldes, OTR/L
District V




Pennsylvania Legislature

How does government work in Pennsylvania?

The PA House of Representatives describes the General Assembly (our elected Senators and Representatives), the Legislative process, Legislative sessions and more in an online primer that you canaccess here.

To find out more about activity in the PA House, Senate or to find a particular bill, visit thePA General Assembly

Find an Elected Official


How can I help?

Are your Pennsylvania House, Senate and US House district numbers included in your member profile? Their inclusion will help us in our advocacy for the profession and for our consumers. Take a moment and be sure your district numbers are identified. If you don't know your numbers, follow the instructions to look them up- click on Manage Profile in the upper right menu.

We encourage members to write to their Legislators as important items are under consideration. AOTAoffers helpfultips for communicating with Congress.Popvox is a convenient way to communicate with members of the United States Congress. Your message is sent electronically and counted!

Your support of our advocacy is important - donate now!


Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (POTPAC)

POTPAC works actively to support the legislative interests of the occupational therapy profession and its practice in Pennsylvania.


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