Board Office Modified Work Conditions
The Board office is staffed during normal business hours, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. However, if mailing applications, verification requests, or other correspondence to the Board, please use U.S. Postal Service. Our building is closed to the public, which will prevent other carriers from accessing our office for deliveries. Mail is being checked and processed daily.
Board Position on TeleHealth
The Board's position on Telehealth has always been that there is nothing in our Code or Legislative Rules that prohibits telehealth as a method of providing services, as long as all provisions of the Code are complied with and the same standard of care is exercised. Our Rules do, however, require the OT be directly involved through a face-to-face visit with the patient during the initial evaluation. The Board has determined that in light of the current situation, video-conferencing could be considered face-to-face. Otherwise, it is up to the therapist to determine if in-person intervention is necessary, or if providing OT services by means of telehealth is in the best interest of the client.
Also, in order to provide OT services to consumers in WV, practitioners must hold a current, valid WV OT or OTA license.
Additional resources for OT in the Age of Coronavirus can be found at aota.org