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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy
Political Action Committee!

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

With the help of our contributors, we achieve and maintain visibility and advocate on the behalf of occupational therapy in Harrisburg with some key legislators. Since POTA 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!! Also, please use legislative and PAC Social Links to keep us abreast of issues most important to you.

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 (Co-chairs)
Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA (Treasurer)



POTPAC Updates and Action- visit us on our group page in Social LinkCLICK HERE for more - open to POTA members and non-members


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   Dr. Cathy Piersol attends event with Senator Tomlinson


Students Raise




Chatham University MOT Class of 2018 Issues a POTPAC Challenge!


About a month after starting Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy program, my professor started to talk about the “POTPAC” to the class.  I remember sitting there clueless wondering if I was the only one in the room who had no idea what she was talking about.  After a little digging, I realized the connection between POTA and the PAC and how important this committee is to our profession.  Thanks to our professor, our class was quickly convinced that we needed to fundraise for the PAC so that occupational therapy could continue to thrive by having representatives advocate for all occupational therapy practitioners in PA.  A week later, I volunteered to be the POTA representative for my class and we all decided that raising money for the PAC would be incorporated into that position.

We started off doing small fundraisers.  There was a change jar in the back of our classroom for people to throw money in and K-Cups were sold in the kitchen.  When spring came around, our class held kickball and volleyball tournaments for a dollar per person, which went straight into the PAC jar.  I loved that the whole class contributed to the fundraisers, but I wanted to do a final one before we left for Level II Fieldwork in December.

I was looking through Facebook when I came across Christmas ornaments made of wire in the shape of a hand.  The hand was formed into the ASL sign “I love you”.  It hit me that we needed to sell these as a fundraiser for POTPAC.  I sent it out to my class, the incoming class, and the professors.  In two weeks we sold 100 ornaments, which raised $300 for POTPAC.  Something that took me about 20 minutes to organize raised that much money for a committee that goes above and beyond to influence the government about how important occupational therapy and our services are.  Overall, Chatham University MOT Class of 2018 donated $400 to POTPAC.  Our goal is for other OT schools to understand the importance of the PAC and find ways to fundraise throughout the program as we did.  We challenge you to step up to the plate and not only donate to the committee, but learn about the impact the PAC has for our profession in Harrisburg!

Jessica Moritz, MOT Student at Chatham University, Class of 2018

COMMENT FROM POTPAC:  The PAC is very appreciative of the contribution made by the MOT Class of 2018 at Chatham University!  Your efforts are evidence of your understanding of the importance of the PAC – we are looking forward to other student and practitioner groups who will “step up the plate”!!


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. Senator 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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