PT, DScPT, MHS, NCS
PTA Caucus Representatives
House of Delegates 2023
The House of Delegates
The House of Delegates, is an APTA policymaking body that comprises voting delegates (chapters, sections/ academies, and PTA Engagement Group, and nonvoting delegates (the Board of Directors, ACAPT, APTA Student Assembly, Ethics and Judicial Committee, and Bylaws and House Documents Committee), and consultants.
The House meets annually, making decisions on issues that may have far-reaching implications for the association and for the profession of physical therapy. The House also elects national leaders including the APTA Board of Directors and APTA Nominating Committee.
Chief Delegate Corner
House of Delegates Community
Materials related to the House of Delegates may be accessed by all APTA members within the House of Delegates Community. This House of Delegates Community serves as an area to house important documents, hold discussions, and communicate information about the House of Delegates.
The Community is accessible to all APTA members; however, only Chief, Section, and Assembly Delegates, or their designees, members of the APTA Board of Directors, Reference Committee, Nominating Committee, and APTA Staff may post to Discussion Boards.(Please note that you must be logged into the Web site in order for the link to work.) For tips on how access content within the community, use the House of Delegates Community Cheat Sheet (.pdf)
Once the motions are released in Packet 1 (a compilation of all motions), all Maryland Chapter members will be able to participate in a survey to provide their opinions and thoughts about the various motions.
The results of the survey will be provided to the delegation for feedback and discussion. In addition, the Chief Delegate presents the upcoming motions to the delegation at the Chapter’s Spring Conference and in the April Chapter Newsletter.
Please contact our Chief Delegate, Linda Horn, at any time if you have questions or concerns.
Must be a Physical Therapist member, in good standing, in any (voting) class of membership of the Association for no less than two years immediately preceding the start of the House session. The Chief Delegate shall have served as a delegate at least twice previously and demonstrate active involvement with the Association at national, chapter or district level.
The Maryland chapter also elects a PTA Caucus Representative and an Alternate PTA Caucus Representative to serve a representative to the National PTA Caucus, which meets prior to the APTA House of Delegates.
The APTA of Maryland delegation includes the Chapter President and Chief Delegate, along with 6 district delegates. The Chapter also has one official Alternate Delegate, along with other backup alternate delegates; they are elected at the Fall Chapter Meeting.
Delegates serve for a 2-year term at the close of the Fall meeting following the election at the District level. A delegate may serve up to 3 consecutive terms. Alternate delegates serve for 1 year.
The delegation meets 1 day during the year in April or May in a centrally located venue. We also hold 3-4 conference calls. The actual number of meetings may vary depending on how many motions are being brought forth or co-sponsored by the chapter. Delegates are also expected travel to and attend the APTA House of Delegates, which is traditionally held over the course of 3 – 4 consecutive days in June.
IN 2021 – due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all meetings will be virtual. Also, due to the Centennial, the schedule will be shifted with the House moving from June to September.
We will share more details once the schedule is confirmed by APTA.
District delegates are elected at their respective fall district meetings, which must occur prior to the chapter’s fall meeting. Alternate delegates, the Chief Delegate and the President are all elected at the chapter’s fall meeting. If you’d like to run for a delegate position, contact a member of the Nominating Committee.
Alternate delegates provide a pool of qualified members who can fill the term of an elected delegate, should the elected delegate need to resign their position for any reason. Alternate delegates are expected to attend and participate in all delegate meetings. Currently, the Maryland chapter provides some funding for the official Alternate Delegate to attend the APTA House of Delegates and additional funding is determined for remaining alternates throughout the year.