While Recreational Therapy practice has the potential to be beneficial for persons served, it also has the potential to cause harm if not practiced according to the most current Recreational Therapy professional standards and ethical guidelines. The issue of protecting the public from harm resulting from unregulated Recreational Therapy practice is the most important basis for legal recognition. Regulation of practice through licensure will ensure that Recreational Therapy is provided to the pubic by qualified and competent practitioners.
*** NOTE: The RT Licensure in PA Bill is currently being drafted. As soon as it is finalized, PA Senators and Representatives will be contacted to co-sponsor the Bill. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Heather R. Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1,530 individuals working within the field of recreational therapy in Pennsylvania, however only 702 of these individuals are nationally certified as Recreational Therapists (CTRSs). Pennsylvania is also the second highest employer of Recreational Therapists in the entire nation. While national certification does ensure minimum competency through academic preparation, passage of the national exam and continuing education, it does not unequivocally protect the Pennsylvania consumer from harm. This is why state licensure is crucial for the field. Recreational Therapy becoming a licensed profession under PA law would ensure that no practitioner can hold themselves out to be a Recreational Therapist without a state license and meeting specific qualifications. Individuals who are not licensed and create harmful situations would be held accountable under state law. This ability to verify competency and prosecute those not in compliance protects vulnerable consumers of recreational therapy services.
Our loved ones, veterans, students and patients deserve this protection.
Please, when the time comes, vote YES for Recreational Therapy Licensure in PA.
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