Music Therapists Appointed to NJ State Board

Music Therapists Appointed to NJ State Board

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 […]

July 28, 2021 | By More
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
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