Chapter 4755-21 Notice; Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of License

4755-21-01 Notice of meetings.

(A) The board shall comply with the public meeting requirements outlined in section 121.22 of the Revised Code.

(B) Any person may obtain the time, place, and purpose of all meetings by:

(1) Visiting the board's website at http://otptat.ohio.gov;

(2) E-mailing the board at board@otptat.ohio.gov;

(3) Writing the board at: "Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board, 77 South High Street, Sixteenth floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108";

(4) Calling the board at 614-466-3774 during normal business hours; or

(5) Appearing in person at the board office during normal business hours.

(C) Any person may obtain advance notice of all meetings at which any specific type of public business is to be discussed by identifying the type of public business for which the person desires to be notified and by contacting the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board. The board will mail or email to such person a notice of the time and place of the meeting, and the type of business to be discussed, at least four calendar days before the meeting is scheduled unless the meeting is an emergency meeting.

(D) The board will maintain a list of representatives of the news media who requested notice of special or emergency meetings. The board shall mail or email to such representatives notice at least four days before special meetings or shall telephone or email notice at least twenty-four hours before special meetings. In the event of an emergency meeting, the representatives of the news media who requested notification shall be notified immediately of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting. News media who requested meeting notification shall supply the board with the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the representative to be contacted.

Effective: 10/19/2018
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 8/2/2018 and 10/19/2023
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.411
Rule Amplifies: 121.22
Prior Effective Dates: 05/26/1978, 09/01/1982, 02/01/1992, 03/20/1998, 05/25/2003, 05/01/2005, 05/01/2007, 05/01/2012

4755-21-02 Method of public notice in adopting, amending or rescinding.

(A) The physical therapy section of the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board shall comply with the provisions of section 119.03 of the Revised Code for purposes of adoption, amendment, or rescission of rules. Compliance shall include giving proper and reasonable public notice of rule changes.

(B) The physical therapy section of the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board shall comply with the provisions of section 106.03 of the Revised Code when reviewing existing rules.

(C) Pursuant to section 119.0311 of the Revised Code, the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board shall publish a guide to public participation in rule-making.

(D) Any person may receive notice of a proposed rule, amendment, or rescission by visiting the board website or by contacting the board to receive notice via email or mail.

Replaces: former 4755-21-02

Effective: 10/19/2018
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/19/2023
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.411
Rule Amplifies: 4755.41
Prior Effective Dates: 08/07/1978, 09/01/1982, 02/01/1992, 07/15/1995, 03/20/1998, 02/07/2003, 05/01/2005, 05/01/2010

4755-21-03 Denial and disciplinary action procedures.

(A) Denial of an application for licensure or examination or any proposed action against a license shall be in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(1) Pursuant to section 119.07 of the Revised Code, a request for an administrative hearing on the proposed action shall be received by the physical therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing.

(2) If a request for an administrative hearing is not received by the physical therapy section within thirty days of the mailing of the notice of opportunity for a hearing, the section, upon consideration of the charges cited, may take appropriate action in the absence of the applicant or license holder.

(3) Pursuant to section 4755.031 of the Revised Code, a person sanctioned under section 4755.47 or 4755.482 of the Revised Code shall pay a fee in the amount of the actual cost of the administrative hearing, including the cost of the court reporter, the hearing officer, transcripts, and any witness fees for lodging and travel.

(B) The physical therapy section may deny, limit, suspend, or revoke the license of any person or reprimand, fine, or place a license holder on probation for violation of any provision of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code or any lawful order or rule of the section.

(C) If the physical or mental condition of a license holder is at issue in a disciplinary proceeding, the physical therapy section may order the license holder to submit to reasonable examinations by a health care practitioner designated or approved by the section at the cost of the license holder.

(D) In the event the license of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant is suspended or revoked by the physical therapy section of the Ohio occupational therapy, physical therapy, and athletic trainers board pursuant to violation of any provision of sections 4755.40 to 4755.53 of the Revised Code or violation of any lawful order or rule of the physical therapy section, the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant shall, upon receipt of the final order of the physical therapy section, immediately surrender to the board office all evidence of the person's license, including the wall certificate.

Any photocopies of the wall certificate maintained in offices of employment shall be retrieved by the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant and destroyed.

This rule shall apply in the case of consent agreements which may result in the voluntary surrender of a license by a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant.

(E) In accordance with division (E) of section 4755.47 of the Revised Code, if the physical therapy section determines that a license holder poses an immediate threat to the public, the section shall immediately suspend the license of the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant prior to holding a hearing in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The section shall notify the license holder of the suspension in accordance with section 119.07 of the Revised Code. If the license holder fails to make a timely request for an adjudication under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the section shall enter a final order permanently revoking the person's license.

(F) The hearings and investigations related to sections 4755.40 to 4755.56 of the Revised Code shall be considered civil actions for the purposes of section 3123.43 of the Revised Code. Notwithstanding section 121.22 of the Revised Code, proceedings of the physical therapy section relative to the investigation of a complaint or the determination whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code occurred are confidential and are not subject to discovery in any civil action.

(G) If requested by the physical therapy section, the prosecuting attorney of a county, the village solicitor, or the city director of law of a municipal corporation, whenever a violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code allegedly occurs, shall take charge of and conduct the prosecution.

(H) In addition to any other remedy provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the physical therapy section may request the attorney general or an appropriate prosecuting attorney to apply to an appropriate court for an order enjoining the violation of Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code. On a showing that a person has violated or is about to violate Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code, the court shall grant an injunction, restraining order, or other order as appropriate. The injunction proceedings are in addition to all penalties and other remedies provided in Chapter 4755. of the Revised Code.

Replaces: 4755-28-01

Effective: 10/19/2018
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 8/2/2018 and 10/19/2023
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4755.411
Rule Amplifies: 4755.47, 4755.48, 4755.482
Prior Effective Dates: 05/26/1978, 09/01/1982, 2/1/92, 07/15/1995, 03/20/1998, 8/14/00, 05/25/2003, 05/01/2005, 03/20/2008, 5/1/11