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The Steinhauer Group provides both community based occupational therapy services in Palm Beach County, FL (to home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and directly to consumers), and consults with stakeholders in the emergency management and preparedness industry addressing planning for functional and access needs populations.

About Us and Our Principal...

Established in 2004, The Steinhauer Group has provided consultative leadership in several health and human service industries including to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health agencies, adult family homes, continuing care retirement communities, home care union workers, expert witness testimony in liability court cases, and to fine schools of nursing educating about health care administration and public health.


Michael J. Steinhauer began his 35+ year health care career with a clinical background, as a Registered Occupational Therapist. He served with distinction developing both a cardiac rehabilitation program for a Boston area hospital, and later home health care programs for several local social service agencies. In his career as a therapist, Michael has guest edited several professional journals on the practice of occupational therapy (OT) in the home health setting, has served on national advisory boards for the development of standards of practice in this area, and has been a frequent presenter and publisher on this subject. Because of his contribution to the body of knowledge on home health, among his many honors, Michael was awarded the title of Fellow by the American Occupational Therapy Association.


Mr. Steinhauer then attended Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, and was awarded a Masters in Public Health.


Following graduation, Michael owned and operated a home health agency in Chicago and made appearances on radio and television discussing the home health benefit and rehabilitation. During the 1980s and ‘90s he was the Vice President of the American Federation of Home Health Agencies and was the Vice Chairperson of the JCAHO Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. Michael has been inducted into numerous Who’s Who publications. He has served on the editorial advisory boards of numerous major home health trade publications in this country.


Michael left the home health setting when he was appointed the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Association in January, 1999. He was a state registered lobbyist for the association and it was under his leadership that OT became a licensed profession in Wisconsin, one of the last official acts of Gov. Tommy Thompson.


Michael was then served as Section Chief for Resident Care Review in the Bureau of Quality Assurance of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Leading a staff of 135 in 6 regional offices, he was responsible for the overseeing the state’s 400 + nursing facilities state licensure and federal certification programs. His staff conducted compliance surveys, investigated complaints, reviewed level of care determinations and approved building construction plans for nursing facilities.


After state service he established The Steinhauer Group, a health care management consulting firm. His expertise in regulatory compliance, licensure activities, culture change in the long term care sector and modern disaster planning made his group a successful venture assisting hundreds of clients throughout Wisconsin. He has earned several FEMA certifications, testified before Wisconsin state legislative committees on considerations on disaster planning for people with disabilities, and served on key State Expert Panels on disaster planning.


In December, 2007 Michael was appointed the Public Health Director and Health Officer for Sauk County, WI. Although his stay there was cut short, new programs were introduced and the catastrophic flood of 2008 was managed with distinction and no loss of life.


In January, 2009 Mr. Steinhauer successfully wrote and was awarded a grant to begin a new program under the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, concentrating on modern disaster and emergency planning. In September 2010, Michael joined Dane County Emergency Management as their Special Populations Planner, developing a comprehensive approach to accommodating the need of our most vulnerable citizens during an emergency or disaster. He was later appointed Emergency Management Coordinator for the county.


In July 2013, Michael was appointed the Director of Job and Fund Development for Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers, a 130 person private, non-profit working with people with developmental disabilities in a supportive employment setting. He is a frequent public speaker and writer on disability issues and vocational opportunities.


Michael relocated to South Florida in 2015. He is an avid camper, credentialed soccer referee and instructor, a drummer, and a life long student of the Beatles.