Occupational/Physical Therapy

When the Local Education Agency (LEA), SELPA, or county office contracts for the services of a physical therapist or an occupational therapist, the following standards shall apply:

Occupational or physical therapists shall provide services based upon recommendation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Physical therapy services may not exceed the services specified in the Business and Professions Code section 2620. Occupational therapy services may not exceed the services specified in the Business Professions Code section 2570.2(k).

The LEA, SELPA, or county office shall assure that the therapists has available safe and appropriate equipment, and that individuals providing physical or occupational therapy shall be qualified.

Physical therapy shall be provided only by personnel who possess a valid license in Physical Therapy issued by a licensing agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Occupational therapy shall be provided only by personnel who possess a license in occupational therapy issued by a licensing agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Services provided by a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant shall be supervised by a registered occupational therapist in accordance with professional standards outlined by the American Occupational Therapy Association.


Title 5, CA Code of Regulations 3051.6