State Recognition for Iowa

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2008

Task Force Status: Created a fact sheet, coordinated an advocacy CMTE (04/11) and created a Licensure FAQ to answer questions. Continue to develop relationships with legislators and explore recognition options, including reviewing process recommended by Bureau of Professional Licensure. Held well-attended Advocacy CMTE during 2012 regional music therapy conference. Facilitated multiple advocacy events in November 2012, which generated interested supporters. Following the creation of the Iowa Music Therapy State Recognition Task force in 2008, and 5 years of advocacy within the state, the first music therapy licensure bills were filed in House and Senate 2013. These bills have been re-introduced in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and have met with significant opposition from the SLP, OT, and mental health counseling communities. Despite this opposition, the TF continues to advocate for music therapy state recognition. Since 2013, they have organized at least one Hill Day per legislative session. In 2015 and 2016, weekly presence at the Capitol during the session by music therapists has assisted in a strong, positive presence and advocacy. The task force will attempt to schedule an interim study session in the fall of 2016 to help educate legislators and determine which form of state recognition will be best in anticipation of filing bills in 2017 session.

Task Force Contact Name: Stephanie Johnson

Task Force Contact Email: iowataskforce@gmail.com

Task Force Members: Crystal Berkenes, Kelly Carlson, Stephanie Johnson, Maggie Scheppmann, Lucy Schipper

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State Association: Iowa Chapter of Music Therapy

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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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