The 2015 ArizOTA Conference Committee is now accepting submissions for spring and fall conference presentations.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Download the Call for Papers via the Link Below:

Thanks and we look forward to hearing back from you!

Sarah Sharp
ArizOTA Vice President and Conference Co-Chair

ArizOTA would like to welcome Lisa M. Walters as she takes on the leadership role of heading the ArizOTA Tucson Special Interest Section. Lisa may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ArizOTA would also like to thank Pat Trossman for her many dedicated years as the head of this SIS and for all that she has done to create and maintain such a valuable resource for OT practitioners in Southern Arizona. Thank you, Pat!

Dear Fellow Colleagues and ArizOTA Members:

It is with great enthusiasm and honor that we announce that the previously open position of Treasurer-Elect has been filled. This 1-year term will be served by Tamara Turner, MSOT, OTR/L, AAS-OTA.

The ArizOTA Executive Board reviewed Tamara’s bio, which is provided below, at the Executive Board Meeting on 09/17/2014. A unanimous vote was passed at that meeting to appoint Tamara to the vacant position.

"Tamara Turner, MSOT, OTR/L, AAS-OTA, is the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Brown Mackie College (BMC). Additionally she works per diem in physical rehabilitation. As an educator she focuses on empowering her students with education, skills, and professional responsibility needed as an OT practitioner. Tamara advises students as they participate in volunteer opportunities, advocate for the profession, fundraise, and organize social events. Tamara Turner holds a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University (2010). Prior to returning to grad school, Tamara worked as an occupational therapy assistant for ten years. Her experience has been in the physical disabilities setting with a passion for neuro rehab. She is currently working on a Doctorate Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education and is currently enrolled in a financial resource and decision-making course. Tamara’s strengths include good organization skills and detail oriented. When she is away from her students and her patients, she volunteers with a local girls club, is an active church member, enjoys traveling with her family, and is a master Yahtzee player."

Action alert from AOTA:

AOTA recently launched the 2014 Occupational Therapy Compensation and Workforce Survey, to gather information on salary trends, benefits, and other work-force related issues. This information is vital to efforts to advocate for the profession and will allow OT practitioners to compare themselves with peers of a similar practice are and experience level.

All participants who take the survey by October 31, including members and nonmembers, will receive a free executive summary of the results—including data by practice area—and will also be entered into a raffle to win a $500 Visa gift card.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take it now.

Results from the survey are expected to be available by Spring 2015.

Please take a moment to complete this survey so that Arizona OT practitioners are represented in the results of this survey!

Thank you,
Jodi Lindstrom, OTR/L
ArizOTA President

Action alert from AOTA:

To get occupational therapy included in a new program that will expand access to quality mental health services, we need as many OT practitioners and students as possible to participate in a November 12, 2014 listening session by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

SAMHSA is currently writing the regulations for this new program that could represent a once-in-a-generation opportunity for occupational therapy to be involved with community mental health, and the listening session is how your voice can be heard.

More details, options for advocacy and talking points will available as we get closer to the 12th and SAMHSA releases more information.  Now we need you to spread the word, (twitter, facebook, e-mail!) sign up for updates, and save some time on Nov 12 to participate in the listening session!

For more information go to:

Should you wish to receive e-mail updates as new information (about the listening session, how to send comments on Section 223, and proposed criteria) becomes available from SAMHSA, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will keep you posted with all of the latest information.

A link to SAMHSA’s announcement can be found here.

Section 223 of the Legislation can be found here.

A copy of the Congressional letter sent to SAMHSA can be found here.

Thank you for advocating for OT in mental health,
Jodi Lindstrom, OTR/L
ArizOTA President

The American Occupational Therapy Association is seeking motivated and experienced candidates, with a strong background in state policy issues, for the immediate opening of a State Policy Analyst position.

Interested in the position, or know a qualified applicant? Click the link below for a detailed job description, candidate requirements, benefit information, and application instructions.

Thank you,
Jodi Lindstrom, OTR/L
ArizOTA President