State Recognition for New Jersey

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2006

Task Force Status: Reassembled task force achieved sponsorship and The Music Therapist Licensing Act was filed in both the General Assembly and Senate in 2015 as A4353 and S2971 respectively. Hill Day organized in June 2015 generated 17 additional sponsors. A4353 was released from committee in 2015; but legislative session ended before further action. Re-introduced in 2016 as A783 the bill is out of hearings and is awaiting General Assembly vote when the Assembly convenes in fall 2016. Re-introduced Senate bill S1601 is in committee awaiting hearings. Senate Hill Day organized August 1, 2016 and S1601 is acquiring additional sponsors.

Task Force Contact Name: Paula Unsal

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Task Force Members: Brian Abrams, Lynn Coyle, Ellen de Havilland, Erica Gibbons, Amanda Latham, Melissa Santiago, Paula Unsal, Beth Walls

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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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