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This SIS event will focus on how local, state and federal government political-economic variables have and continue to impact Occupational Therapy. Education will be shared on why government relations and legislation is important to Occupational Therapists in Connecticut; we will also review how a bill becomes a law and what our individual as well as group constituent opportunities are to influence this process that can protect and promote Occupational Therapy!

 Export to Your Calendar 9/21/2017
When: 09/21/2017
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: Manchester Community College AST Room D205
60 Bidwell Street
Manchester, CT 06040
United States
Contact: Monica Kelly


Online registration is available until: 9/21/2017
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Advocating for Occupational Therapy: ConnOTA’s NEW Government Affair Committee

 

Date & Time (start-end) of the Event: Thursday 9/21/17  5:30-7:00pm

Location/Address/Room Number of the Event: Manchester Community College AST Room D205

Number of Contact Hours: 1.5

 

Speaker(s) Name and Credentials:   

Andrew E. Markowski, Esq. J.D. B.A.

Registered Lobbyist – State of Connecticut, Office of State Ethics

 

Morgan Villano, MPA, MSPS, OT

Member for Government Affairs, ConnOTA

 

 

Bio/Background of the Speaker(s): 

Andrew E. Markowski, Esq., founding Principal of Statehouse Associates, LLC, represents clients primarily before the Connecticut General Assembly and Executive Branch Agencies on a wide range of legislative and regulatory matters.  His lobbying clients include national and state industry, trade and professional associations, small contractors, chambers of commerce, municipal interests, citizen advocacy groups and other private entities.

Mr. Markowski has more than a decade of effective government, lobbying and public affairs experience.  Prior to establishing Statehouse Associates, LLC, Mr. Markowski was a Partner and lobbyist with Gara & Markowski, LLC for several years.  Before lobbying in Connecticut, Mr. Markowski was a Public Affairs Specialist for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

Mr. Markowski received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar.

Morgan Villano graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a joint degree in Public Administration and Political Science in 2009. Morgan obtained her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Quinnipiac University in 1998.  She was also a  LEND Fellow through UMASS Medical School and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham, MA, Leadership and Education in Neurdevelopmental Disorders, with a focus in policy development, policy implementation, funding, legislation mechanisms and advocacy.  Morgan has brief lobbying experience with the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, independently provided written and oral testimony to federal representatives in 2001 regarding block grant funding for people with disabilities and has served in the position of the Member for Government Affairs for ConnOTA since June 2014.  Morgan has worked in home health since 2009 as a clinician, a coordinator of Occupational Therapy services and a Team Manager supporting a multi-disciplinary team.

 

Learning Objectives Attendees Should Achieve:

 

1.  Develop an understanding of government relations, legislative processes and advocacy opportunities in Connecticut.

 

2. Identify and recall specific legislative and state government issues in 2017 and anticipated in 2018 relative to Occupational Therapy.

 

3. Recognize the importance of a government affairs committee; examine the structure and function of such a committee and to determine ways to participate in the committee.  

 

Summary of Event: (500 Character Count Max)

 

This SIS event will focus on how local, state and federal government political-economic variables have and continue to impact Occupational Therapy.  Education will be shared on why government relations and legislation is important to Occupational Therapists in Connecticut; we will also review how a bill becomes a law and what our individual as well as group constituent opportunities are to influence this process that can protect and promote Occupational Therapy!  This will be complimented by a case study from 2014 on a  bill that protects consumers by providing an outpatient cost cap for all rehabilitative disciplines.

 

An overview of the current political and economic state of affairs specific to Occupational Therapy will be presented so each attendee has a sense of the totality of variables that could impact the services we provide over the next year and foreseeable future.  This will include a review of proposed scope of practice changes presented to the Department of Mental Health for Fall 2017.

 

Lastly we will clarify how a Government Relations Committee functions – the roles involved, the purpose and next steps in organizing a ConnOTA government affairs committee to tackle the myriad of topics that are brought to ConnOTAs attention each year!

     

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