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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wisconsin (https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/MusicTherapist/Default.aspx) Music therapy registry created in 1998.

2018 Legislative Activity

The following states have introduced or are planning to introduce legislation to recognize music therapy education, clinical training, and credentialing qualifications: Illinois (license), Iowa (title certification), Michigan (license) Minnesota (license), Missouri (title protection), New Jersey (license), New York (license), North Carolina (License), Ohio (license), Pennsylvania (license), and Utah (license).

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