2014 PTA Caucus | Jul 11, 2014

The 2014 PTA Caucus Annual Meeting Minutes and House of Delegates

Holly Shilling, PTA Caucus Representative for the North Dakota chapter participated in the 2014 PTA Caucus Annual Meeting and APTA’s House of Delegates.

Forty-five PTA Caucus Representatives, 8 PTA Caucus Alternate Representatives, and 5 Delegates gathered in Charlotte June 7 and 8 for the PTA Caucus Annual Meeting. Amy Smith, Chief Delegate presided over the meeting. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Valecia Snyder, PTA (TX), former PTA Advisory Panel Chair and a dear friend of the Caucus.

PTA Caucus Nominating Committee conducted candidate interviews and elections. Those elected to serve included: David Harris (TN), Delegate; Crystal Morris (NC), Delegate; Jane Jackson (AZ) Alternate Delegate; and Nicole Volek (TX), Nominating Committee. The Chief Delegate also acknowledged outgoing officers, Paul Purdue (WA), Crystal Morris (NC), Jane Jackson (AZ), and Christina Wilson (AL) as well as those who had attained PTA Recognition.

The PTA Caucus voted down a motion to change voting privileges for the delegates in the PTA Caucus. The Caucus adopted a description of the PTA to be included in the approved updated version of the PTA Caucus Procedure Manual and used as needed pending approval of the Procedure Manual by the APTA House Officers via the ‘Approval Process for Component Bylaws.’

The PTA Caucus honored the Board members of the work group - Jennifer Green-Wilson, Chair, Shawne Soper, Lisa Saladin, and Sharon Dunn. Janet Bezner was also honored for her efforts on the work group and her support of PTA members during her tenure at APTA.

The meeting concluded by reviewing the PT/PTA Team videos on APTA’s web site that are the result of work conducted by the Public Relations Committee in conjunction with APTA staff and are located at http://www.apta.org/SupervisionTeamwork/SuccessStories/.

From the House of Delegates:

The official minutes of the House of Delegates are not yet available; please check the actual language for the following motions when the minutes are available. The House made the following decisions that impact work and governance in APTA for the PTA:

  • RC 2-12 was rescinded, so there was no reason to hear RC 3-14 or RC 4-14. The patient care delivery model will not change - PTAs will remain the only other physical therapy care provider in APTA positions and policies (at least for now).
  • RC 11-14 resulted in the House charging the Board (and staff) to create a plan to increase the value of PTA membership in APTA.

From the March and April APTA Board of Directors Meetings:

At the March APTA Board of Directors Meeting, the Board discussed RC 20-12 regarding the feasibility study for PTA education. The Board determined that there was insufficient information to make a decision and adopted the following motions aimed at gathering more data:

  • That APTA conduct an analysis of the work of the physical therapist assistant.
  • That mechanisms to identify and promote best practices in the work and relationships of the Physical Therapist(PT)/Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Team in a variety of practice settings be identified and implemented in collaboration with the sections, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and PTA Caucus.

At the April APTA Board of Directors Meeting, the Board heard and discussed the report from the PTA-Board Work Group and adopted the following motions:

  • That a bylaw amendment to provide eligibility for physical therapist assistant members to serve in non-officer positions on the Board of Directors (Board) be forwarded to the 2015 House of Delegates.
  • That a bylaw amendment that would allow components the option to amend their bylaws to provide physical therapist assistant members a full vote at the component level be forwarded to the 2015 House of Delegates.
  • That bylaw amendments that would establish physical therapist assistant membership eligibility to serve as a chapter delegate and continue to serve as a section delegate to the House of Delegates, at the discretion of each component, and that would eliminate the Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus delegates by the year 2020 be forwarded to the 2015 House of Delegates.
  • That APTA policies related to the Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus be reviewed and revised to reflect the way in which the Physical Therapist Assistant Caucus currently operates.
  • That procedures be developed to encourage physical therapist assistant (PTA) members to join the volunteer interest pool and to facilitate the appointment of PTA members by the APTA Board of Directors and APTA staff to appropriate groups.

That data on the value of the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant team related to utilization and outcomes be collected via one or more of the following mechanisms in order to implement the most feasible approach to begin data collection in FY 2014:

  • Explore access to existing/developing databases
  • Determine resources required to collect data
  • That the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant team tool kit that describes the models of practice for physical therapist/physical therapist assistant teams and is a resource for members to communicate the role of the physical therapist assistant in physical therapist practice to payers be actively supported and promoted to APTA Components.
  • That a motion be prepared for the 2015 House of Delegates to consider the creation of a section-like component for physical therapist assistants and in the interim that the charge of the PTA Board  Work Group be revised by the president to work towards advancing physical therapist assistant initiatives.

(Minutes available at: http://www.apta.org/BOD/Meetings/)

As you can see, the PTA Caucus and APTA Board of Directors are working hard to change the culture of APTA to one of inclusiveness. They have done their part and now it is time for you - clinicians, faculty and students - to do yours by doing the following:

  • Join APTA. It is very difficult to convince APTA leadership that PTAs are invested in the profession when less than 8% of licensed PTAs are members of APTA. If you haven’t been a member because of the 1/2 vote or lack of inclusiveness in APTA for PTAs, now is the time to rejoin and make a difference!
  • Get active at the district and/or chapter (state) level of APTA. Go to meetings. Volunteer to help on committees. If you don’t feel welcome, then take your PTA and/or PT friends with you to the next meeting so you won’t be alone!
  • Campaign and vote for chapter (state) delegates and leadership that value PTAs and will support this change in culture.

If you have questions please contact me at: holly@beyondboundaries.us

The members of the Affiliate Assembly, National Assembly, and PTA Caucus have provided innumerable hours and displayed the utmost professionalism to get to this point. Please be part of this evolution to a new and more inclusive role in APTA for PTAs.


Holly Shilling, PTA

North Dakota PTA Caucus Representative

PTAC PR/Membership Committee Co-Chair