WashU OT advocates for Early Intervention

On Nov. 10, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held a public hearing on Early Intervention (EI) in Jefferson City. Catherine Hoyt, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, Claire Schuler, MSOT ‘14, and a group of students and staff attended the hearing to advocate for occupational therapy. They spoke out on parity in EI reimbursement between occupational therapy ($85 per hour) and physical therapy ($100 per hour) and automatic eligibility for children with sickle cell disease, who are at elevated risk for developmental delay and stroke and have been historically and presently excluded from EI services.

Visit dese.mo.gov for information on upcoming hearings. 


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