Recreational Therapy Registration
State registration is provided by the Washington Department of Health. WSTRA worked long (11 years) and hard to obtain consumer protection, title protection and recognition as a health care profession by the state. During the 2003 legislative session, RCW 18.230, Recreation Therapy, was passed. According to RCW 18.230.010, a Recreational Therapist is “a person registered under this [law].”
RCW 18.230.020 limits the use of the title, Recreational Therapist. In addition, RCW 18.130, the Regulation of Health Professions – Uniform Disciplinary Act, governs the issuance and denial of registration, unauthorized practice and discipline. WAC 246-16, Standards of Professional Conduct, governs acts of sexual misconduct for healthcare providers. Other relevant laws and interpretive support include:
- RCW 26.44.030, Abuse of Children and Adult Dependent Persons
- RCW 34.05, Administrative Procedures Act
- RCW 42.17, Public Disclosure
- RCW 70.02, Medical Records – Health Care Information Access and Disclosure
- RCW 74.34, Abuse of Vulnerable Adults
- WAC 246-927, Recreational Therapy
- WAC 246-12, Administrative Procedures and Requirements for Credentialed Health Care Providers
- WAC 246-15, Whistleblower Complaints in Healthcare Settings
- Disciplinary Guidelines Manual
In order to practice legally as a recreational therapist (outside of federal facilities) in Washington State, you MUST register. You can download registration materials or obtain them by calling (360) 236-4700.
One registration requirement is to complete four (4) hours of education in the prevention, transmission and treatment of AIDS. You will find classroom and on-line training meeting this requirement at AIDS Classes for Licensure.
Special thanks to Debbie Pate, MS, CTRS for her work on the information above.