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State Specific COVID-19 Resources

State and local government responses to COVID-19 are changing rapidly.  We are providing the links below to assist with your search for information.  Additional relevant information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • For the most up to date information about State and Local Government Responses to COVID-19, please find a link below to Stateside's Daily Report.  This report includes State Legislation and Executive Orders related to paid leave proposals, mandated business closures, appropriations for state responses to the outbreak and Executive actions such as the creation of task forces and declarations of emergency.
  • Advancing States has created a collection of COVID-19 resources and guidance produced by state health departments and agencies.  Click here for additional info.
  • Search Unemployment application information by state at the US Department of Labor – Career One Stop


AMTA and CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan

State Recognition Operational Plan

State Updates

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 State Recognition

National Overview (February 2021)