State Recognition for Louisiana

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2014

Task Force Status: The Louisiana State Recognition Task Force was originally launched in June 2014. Current membership was then re-formed and re-invigorated in January 2016, partly in response to restrictive regulations set by the State Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) excluding Creative Art Therapies (including Music Therapy) from practicing in In-Patient Mental Health by August 2017. In response to these pressing limitations, it became necessary to mount an initiative seeking to amend these restrictions. To date, the national AMTA/CBMT team has sent a letter to the Secretary of DHH advocating amendment of the regulation, and State Task force members have initiated communications directly within DHH with regulatory members. Task Force members have also begun to perform research-related duties towards state recognition, have regularly held conference calls, and are shortly to commence a State Advocacy CMTE.

Task Force Contact Name: Sean Richardson

Task Force Contact Email: smr062686@gmail.com

Task Force Members: Kim Bell, Catherine De Mers, Molly Guinan, Jeremy Love, Sean Richardson, Meredith Sharp, K Taffaro

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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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