COVID-19 Information

Board Office Modified Work Conditions

With the Governor's Executive Order issued 3/23/20 to stay home, the Board staff is working remotely as much as possible to comply with this order.  The best way to contact the Board is via email at help@wvbot.org or through the Contact Us tab on the website.  Voicemails will also be checked regularly.

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.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Guidance on Telehealth Remote Communications.

Additional resources for OT in the Age of Coronavirus can be found at aota.org