In order to build capacity and meet the needs of B.C. children with ASD, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has put into place a new category for the RASP – Supervised Occupational Therapist. This category will be effective as of April 1, 2017.
For an Occupational Therapist (OT) to be added to the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP), MCFD requires documentation that they have experience providing services to children with autism under the age of six. It is often difficult for an OT, new to the field of autism, to acquire enough experience to qualify for the RASP.
To address this challenge, the new category of Supervised OT allows for experience to be gained with the support of a supervisor. The clinical supervision requirements must be completed before an OT is eligible to apply to be on the RASP independently.
So how does this work from the perspective of families?
- The Supervised OT applicant must be registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia.
- The Supervised OT applicant must independently gain the services of an OT who is qualified to be on the RASP to supervise them for a minimum of 12 months.
- The Supervisor’s name and contact information will be available via the RASP. It will be clear that the OT is being supervised and how to contact their supervisor.
- The Supervised OT applicant must complete and submit to ACT the MCFD RASP Application Form .
- A plan for supervision should be developed by the Supervised OT and their Supervisor. Any family receiving services must receive a copy of the supervision plan as it relates to their child.
- Any financial compensation of the Supervisor is the responsibility of the Supervised OT. While either OT may bill the Autism Funding Branch, they may not both bill for the additional cost of supervision. The family is not responsible for compensating both the Supervisor and the Supervised OT beyond what the child’s program would have cost if there was no supervision in place.
- Both the Supervisor and the Supervised OT have the right to discontinue the supervisory relationship at any time. However, arrangements must be made to ensure reasonable notice to the family.
- The supervisory relationship is not the responsibility of MCFD or ACT.
- Further details of this process can be found here.
For questions regarding the supervisory process or relationship, please contact Louise Broadley, Manager of Information Services, email@example.com.