State Recognition for Connecticut

Recognized? Yes

Recognition Status: On May 27, 2016, Governor Malloy of Connecticut signed into law HB 5537. This legislation includes language stating that music therapy services can only be provided by those who hold the MT-BC credential.

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2011

Task Force Status: In March 2016 RSB 354, An Act Concerning Music and Art Therapy was raised. After a positive response from the Public Health Committee, the bill passed through the House and Senate. Unfortunately given the fiscal climate of the state it was determined that no new licensure programs would be granted this year. In light of this, the original licensure language shifted to statutory recognition which will provide music therapists practicing in the state of Connecticut title protection. This law goes into effect October 2016.

Task Force Contact Name: Jennifer Sokira

Task Force Contact Email: jen@ctmusictherapy.com

Task Force Members: Emily Bevelaqua, Courtney Biddle, Natalie McClune, Jennifer Sokira, Heather Wagner

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Below you will find information and links to bills in the state that include the keyword “music therapy.” Some bills may have a direct impact on the profession (e.g. music therapy licensure legislation) while others may not (e.g. music therapy is included in a pre-existing list of healthcare providers). Information is provided by StateTrack, a subscription service that allows CBMT to follow state and federal legislative and regulatory developments. This resource is provided for informational purposes to help you stay informed on legislative and policy issues impacting music therapy practice. Please contact your task force chair with questions and before taking any action.

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