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Government Relations
Stephenie Sofield, MM, MT-BC

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Tatyana N. Martin, MT-BC

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Damian Cabrera

News from Government Relations

  • Music Therapists Appointed to NJ State Board (7/28/2021) - MUSIC THERAPISTS APPOINTED TO NJ STATE BOARDSubmitted by Paula Unsal, Chair NJSTF In June 2021, board certified music therapists, Carol Ann Blank and Brian Abrams were appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to three year terms on the Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies.  The appointments came after a months-long process that involved vetting and […]
  • NYSTF Workshop (1/31/2021) - The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and New York University in conjunction with The New York State Task Force on Occupational Regulation of the Mid-Atlantic Region of AMTA are pleased to present A Dialogue on Current and Future Music Therapy Practice in NYS TWO DATES:   Monday, February 22, 2021 6:30 – 9:30 pm Saturday, February 27, 2021 […]
  • Actions in New Jersey During COVID-19 (7/11/2020) - 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 […]
  • Music Therapy License Created in Virginia (4/28/2020) - The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) are excited to announce that on Tuesday March 3, 2020 Governor Ralph Northam signed into law HB 1562. This bill creates a music therapy license under the Board of Social Work, and establishes an Advisory Board on Music Therapy to assist […]
  • Pennsylvania Update (4/26/2020) - The Pennsylvania State Task Force for Professional Music Therapy Licensure (PASTF) held its first Virtual PA Music Therapy Check-in call on Friday, April 24th. The PASTF plans to hold these calls every few weeks as we adapt to life in the Pandemic. We will be posting information about future calls here, on our FB page […]
  • New Jersey — First Music Therapist License in MAR (3/3/2020) - 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 […]
  • Two Bills Making Way to Virginia Governor’s Desk (2/18/2020) - SB633 passed the Senate on February 4th and is making its way through the House, while HB1562 passed the House on January 27th and is making its way through the Senate. Now we are waiting to see which bill makes it to the governor’s desk first.
  • Maryland Hill Day: Postponed Until Further Notice (2/4/2020) - Find Hill Day advocacy information below. 2020 Music Therapy Advocacy for Professionals 2020 Music Therapy Advocacy for Students 2020 Student Leadership Academy Participant Guide
  • New Jersey Establishes Precedent with State Board (2/1/2020) - 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 […]
  • Attention NYS LCATs Seeking Continuing Education Opportunities (12/26/2019) - Have you heard about the new AMTA member benefit starting in January 2020? AMTA is launching the AMTA E-course Research Review Series for members only. Members will be able to access e-courses based on research from recently published journals, complete assignments, and earn CMTE credits. Read more about it here: https://www.musictherapy.org/careers/continuing_music_therapy_education/ These courses will qualify […]

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