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New York State Task Force Visits New Jersey

New York State Task Force Visits New Jersey

Donna Polen, Chair of the New York State Task Force (NYSTF) and members of NYSTF came to Montclair State University in September at the invitation of Brian Abrams, Associate Professor at the Cali School of Music. NYSTF presented a workshop regarding the License for Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) which is important information for New Jersey […]

November 6, 2019 | By More
VASTF Undergoing Sunrise Review Study

VASTF Undergoing Sunrise Review Study

The VASTF is gearing up for another exciting year. We are currently undergoing a Sunrise Review study through the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) as mandated by our Music Therapy bill which passed in the most recent legislative session. This study identifies if there is a need for occupational regulation and to what degree […]

August 26, 2019 | By More
Maryland State Task Force Update

Maryland State Task Force Update

The Maryland State Task Force has completed the criteria for the Board of Physicians application. The National Team is currently reviewing the application and we hope to submit it this summer.

June 17, 2019 | By More
NJSTF on Occupational Regulation

NJSTF on Occupational Regulation

February 22, 2019 Ms. Suzanne Buchanan, Executive Director Autism NJ Dear Ms. Buchanan: I am writing in response to the most recent iteration of Autism NJ’s disregard for music therapy as a treatment option for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Namely, Autism NJ suggested language revisions for the proposed amendment to the New […]

April 8, 2019 | By More
New York State Task Force Appears at Hill Day

New York State Task Force Appears at Hill Day

NYSTF held their 2nd Hill Day in Albany on Monday, 3/25/19. New initiatives this year included having 8 NY MTs serve as Team Leaders for our meetings and 12 exhibitors (schools and agencies). A very exciting moment occurred when a large portion of our group was invited by Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (D; District 52 […]

March 31, 2019 | By More
Governor Murphy Proposes New State Board

Governor Murphy Proposes New State Board

NJ Governor Proposes State Board for Creative Arts Therapies Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF On January 31, 2019, at the “eleventh” hour, NJ Governor Phil Murphy sent the Drama/Dance Movement Therapist (D/DMT) licensing bill A1220 back to the General Assembly with a conditional veto. The veto recommended establishing a new State Board of Creative […]

February 14, 2019 | By More
NJ General Assembly Passes A2183

NJ General Assembly Passes A2183

NJ General Assembly Passes A2183!!! On our way!  New Jersey music therapists are celebrating passage of A2183, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, in the General Assembly on April 12, 2018. The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) is pleased that this was accomplished so quickly.  Starting on January 29th and culminating with the April 12th […]

May 13, 2018 | By More
NJ Bill Needs Support!!

NJ Bill Needs Support!!

The New Jersey Bill Needs Support! Please check out the link below to help us advocate! Click here for a PDF version. Please Support Bill A2183/S1687 Music Therapist Licensing Act What is Music Therapy? Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels […]

February 26, 2018 | By More
New Jersey Off to a Promising Start

New Jersey Off to a Promising Start

New Jersey Off to a Promising Start Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF The New Jersey Music Therapist Licensing Act bills have been re-introduced in the 2018-2019 session and are now known as A2183 and S1687 in the General Assembly and Senate respectively. After a disappointing pocket veto by outgoing Governor Christie in the last […]

February 18, 2018 | By More
Governor Does Not Sign NJ Licensing Bill

Governor Does Not Sign NJ Licensing Bill

The New Jersey Music Therapist Licensing Act A783 passed in both houses on January 8, 2018; but Governor Chris Christie did not sign the bill in his final days in office and the bill is no longer active.  The Governor also left the Drama/Dance Movement Therapist Licensing bill unsigned among the almost fifty bills suffering […]

January 17, 2018 | By More