American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Policy & Legislation

Federal Public Policy

Federal Public Policy (FPP) Committee

Board Direction Statement

Position ATRA to influence federal legislation and regulation to positively impact consumers and the practice of RT. 


FPP Committee Chairs:

Dawn De Vries

NEW!! HR 620 

HR 620 Action Alert

HR 626

HR 626 Press Release

Take Action Now!

Join ATRA on Capitol Hill on June 27th! Help strengthen the voice of recreational therapists!

Details on advocacy information for HR626 coming soon!

Track HR 626

2017 Public Policy Priorities

  1. Monitor legislative action on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  2. Monitor potential action on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  3. Reintroduce the Inpatient Rehabilitation Act directing CMS to acknowledge recreational therapy within inpatient rehabilitation settings
  4. Develop and implement a Legislative Summit in Washington DC for ATRA members
  5. Expand partnerships and collaborative relationships with national organizations
  6. Monitor federal legislation in skilled nursing, behavioral health, community, inpatient rehabilitation, veteran services, and schools

Legislative Counsel

Take Action

How to Find Your Legislator
How to Contact Your Legislator
How to Set Up a Visit
Inviting a Legislator to Your Facility


Advocacy Resources

Do's and Don'ts
Preparing a Packet for Your Visit
Marketing Materials

Identifying and Selecting Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) A Guide for Advocates