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AMTA and CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan

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National Overview of State Recognition

The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) collaborate on the State Recognition Operational Plan, a joint national initiative to achieve official state recognition of the music therapy profession and the MT-BC credential required for competent practice. Desired outcomes include improving consumer access to music therapy services and establishing a state-based public protection program to ensure that “music therapy” is provided by individuals who meet established training qualifications.

Inclusion within state health and education regulations can also have a positive impact on employment opportunities funding options, while meeting requirements of treatment facilities and accrediting organizations.

Current Recognition

California: Music therapy title protection signed into law (AB 1540) in 2019. Practitioners must hold the MT-BC credential.

Connecticut: Music therapy title protection established in 2016. Practitioners must hold the MT-BC credential.

Georgia (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/59): Music therapy license overseen by the Secretary of State utilizes an ad hoc volunteer Advisory Council. License created in 2012 and regulations approved in 2013. Licensed music therapists use the abbreviation LPMT.

Nevada (http://dpbh.nv.gov/Reg/MusicTherapist/MusicTherapists_-_Home/): Music therapy license overseen by the State Board of Health utilizes an ad hoc Advisory Council. License created in 2011 and regulations approved in 2012. Licensed music therapists use the abbreviation LPMT.

North Dakota (http://ndbihc.org/): Music therapy license overseen by the newly created Board of Integrative Health. License created in 2011 and regulations approved in 2013. Licensed music therapists use the abbreviation MT-BC/L.

Oklahoma (http://www.okmedicalboard.org/music_therapists): Music therapy license managed by the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision was signed into law in 2016. Licensed music therapists use the abbreviation LPMT.

Oregon (http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/PH/HLO/Pages/Board-Music-Therapy-Program.aspx): Music therapy license managed by the Health Licensing Office was signed into law and regulations approved in 2015. Licensed music therapists use the abbreviation LPMT.

Rhode Island (http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=287): Music therapy registry managed by the Department of Health was signed into law in 2014 and regulations approved in 2015. Music therapists on this registry use the abbreviation LPMT.

Utah (http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/music_therapy.html): Legislation creating a music therapy state certification managed by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing signed into law and regulations approved in 2014. Music therapists with this certification use the abbreviation SCMT.

Wisconsin (https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/MusicTherapist/Default.aspx) Music therapy registry created in 1998. Music therapists on this registry use the abbreviation WMTR.

 

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