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Actions in New Jersey During COVID-19

Actions in New Jersey During COVID-19

ACTIONS in NEW JERSEY DURING COVID-19 Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF New Jersey music therapists saw their music therapist license signed into law on January 21, 2020 and in July that law became final after the mandatory 180 day waiting period. In June the same waiting period ended on the new State Board of […]

July 11, 2020 | By More
New Jersey — First Music Therapist License in MAR

New Jersey — First Music Therapist License in MAR

New Jersey – First Music Therapist License in MAR!! Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF And with this Senate vote 30-8… New Jersey music therapists moved their licensing bill to the Governor’s desk!!! Then on January 21, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A2183 the Music Therapist Licensing Act, P.L.2019, c.471 making New Jersey […]

March 3, 2020 | By More
New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board

New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board

New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF On December 19, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy signed into law P.L. 2019, c.273, the Drama and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act w GR. Beyond providing state recognition through licensing for these therapists, this law created a new State Board of Creative Arts Therapies […]

February 1, 2020 | By More
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
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 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
NJ Licensing Bills Released from Final Committee

NJ Licensing Bills Released from Final Committee

New Jersey Licensing Bills Released from Final Committee By Paula Unsal On Monday, December 18, 2017 S1601, the Music Therapist Licensing Act, and its sister bill A783 were released from the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee (B&A) in a unanimous bipartisan vote from the eleven committee members present.  The next step will be […]

December 22, 2017 | By More
Summertime in New Jersey

Summertime in New Jersey

SUMMERTIME IN NEW JERSEY Submitted by Paula Unsal, Chair While the New Jersey legislative session continues during the summer, legislative activity has slowed and the combined Music Therapist Licensing bill A783/S1601 remains in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee with no scheduled hearings as of this writing. The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) is […]

August 1, 2017 | By More
New Jersey Bill Passed in Assembly!

New Jersey Bill Passed in Assembly!

NJ BILL PASSED IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY!! ONE DOWN In the continuing process to get a New Jersey state license for music therapists, The Music Therapist Licensing Act, A783 was voted on and passed in the New Jersey General Assembly on November 21, 2016 by a vote of 59 to 13. We also had two additional […]

December 23, 2016 | By More