March 13, 2020
Today, the Georgia General Assembly suspended the 2020 legislative session indefinitely due to COVID-19 precautions. GTRA has been in communication with Rep. Tankersley regarding HB 704 and it is unlikely our bill will be introduced this legislative session as it is unknown when the General Assembly will reconvene.
October 3, 2019
The Georgia Therapeutic Recreation Association (GTRA) is pleased to inform you that the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council (GORRC) has voted in favor of requiring regulation of the Recreational Therapy profession in the state of Georgia. While we are very pleased to have achieved this milestone along the path to licensure, we recognize there are still challenges ahead of us.
In efforts to support the across the board budget cuts within the state government, GORRC’s official recommendation is to have Recreational Therapy “be regulated as a sub-license, certificate, or registration of the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy, and that a certified recreational therapist may be added to sit on the board.” This recommendation is in contrast to what is currently written in HB 704. According to GORRC, having Recreational Therapy regulations fall under another occupation’s review board as opposed to establishing a new Recreational Therapy regulation board will save the state of Georgia an estimated $200,000.
GTRA will be pushing forward with efforts toward getting support for HB 704 as it is currently written. We are not supportive of the recommendation for Recreational Therapy regulations to be overseen by another profession. We feel this is inappropriate and will ultimately be ineffective for protecting the public from potential harm.
We appreciate everyone’s continued support for this movement towards licensure and we look forward to working together to get this bill passed!