The Private Practice Section, APTA (PPS) is committed to assisting its members, chapter private practice special interest groups (PPSIGs), and other APTA components in their efforts to obtain reasonable and appropriate payment for private practice physical therapy services, limit regulations that increase the cost of doing business, pass Direct Access legislation, defend a state practice act, fight referral-for-profit, or engage in other activities that are in alignment with the strategic priorities of PPS.

In order to aid in these efforts, the PPS Board has made grants available to those entities who meet established criteria and demonstrate need. Grants up to $10,000 each will be awarded twice yearly; applications are due March 1 and September 1. Section members, chapter PPSIGs, or APTA components may seek this funding from PPS to offset a portion of the costs of legal defense, pursue legal action, or seek legal advice to engage in activities that are in alignment with PPS’s strategic priorities. (See Appendix A)

By offsetting some of the expenses in the pursuit of legal or legislative efforts, the section member, chapter PPSIG, or APTA component will then be able to use the grant funding along with its own financial resources on activities associated with these efforts.

In situations in which a Private Practice Section member, APTA chapter, or APTA component seeks grant funding for financial support of legal fees or legislative efforts, the PPS Board will use the following criteria to determine the need for assistance.

  • The Private Practice Section member, APTA chapter, or APTA component has already made a substantial financial commitment towards achieving its objectives.
  • The Private Practice Section member, APTA chapter, or APTA component has made an effort to raise and distribute funds to support the effort.
  • The Private Practice Section member, APTA chapter, or APTA component has developed a plan to obtain its objectives.
  • The Private Practice Section member’s, APTA chapter’s, or APTA component’s past efforts to achieve its objectives increase the likelihood of success in the future.

If the section member, APTA chapter, or APTA component is awarded grant funding, the PPS Board of Directors may require

  • Annual reports of legal, legislative, and/or regulatory efforts in which grant funding was used
  • Report of resolution of legal, legislative, and/or regulatory efforts which grant funding was used
  • An article or presentation to PPS members regarding the efforts and resolution for which the grant funding was utilized.

Applications are due March 1 and September 1.

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