State Recognition for Georgia

Recognized? Yes

Recognition Status: In May 2012, legislation to create a music therapy license through the Secretary of State (SB 414) was signed into law. License became effective January 2014. Applications are now available at:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2007

Task Force Status: After a successful Hill Day (2/11), Senate and House passed Resolutions commending music therapists for their work. Facilitating legislator visits to music therapy programs and communicating with officials from Depts. of Community Health and Education. Hosted a successful Legislative Breakfast at the 2011 AMTA conference. Licensure legislation introduced (01/12) and, despite opposition from OT, PT, SLP, and Psychologists, terms were negotiated for language and a consensus was reached. Incredible grassroots efforts on the part of the task force resulted in legislation being passed. In May 2012, the Georgia state legislature passed legislation to create a music therapy license through the Secretary of State. In January 2014, music therapists began their first license cycle and have just reapplied for their second. Currently the task force is redefining their role since obtaining state recognition. They are beginning work with Georgia’s early intervention program to obtain the recognition of music therapists as service providers in their own right.

Task Force Contact Name: Rachel Coon-Arnott

Task Force Contact Email:

Task Force Members: Rachel Coon-Arnott, Jamie George, Kirby Smith

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State Association:

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State Legislative Activity:

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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