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AB-2386 Services credentialing: services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 44268.2 is added to the Education Code, to read:

44268.2.
 (a) The commission shall convene a workgroup, as provided in subdivision (c), to consider whether the development of a services credential with a specialization in occupational therapy or physical therapy services is warranted.
(b) If a determination is made that the credential is warranted, the workgroup shall consider all of the following:
(1) The minimum requirements for the credential.
(2) What experience may automatically qualify an occupational therapist or physical therapist to earn the credential.
(3) Any additional specialized preparation necessary to qualify for the credential.
(4) What options may be made available to occupational therapists and physical therapists with respect to obtaining a credential.
(c) The workgroup membership shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) A representative from the Occupational Therapy Association of California.
(2) A representative from the California Physical Therapy Association.
(3) A representative from a labor union representing certificated employees.
(4) A representative from a labor union representing classified employees.
(5) A school administrator.
(6) At least two academic representatives from educational institutions that have occupational therapy or physical therapy degree programs.
(7) A representative from the department.
(8) A representative from a special education local plan area.
(d) (1) The workgroup shall provide a report on its findings pursuant to this section to the Legislature, the Governor, and the Superintendent on or before January 1, 2020.
(2) The report described in paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.