State Recognition for New York

Recognized? No

Recognition Status: Master’s-level music therapists are eligible to apply as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) under the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners. Unlicensed music therapists are allowed to practice within a scope identified by the state.

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 1990

Task Force Status: Responded to questions regarding music therapy practice without the state LCAT license (task force secured a letter of clarification from the Office of the Professions regarding the practice of music therapy by unlicensed MTs, as well as a clarification letter from the New York State Education Department regarding recognition of music therapy as a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)). Monitor Mental Health Practitioners Board meetings and NY Coalition of Creative Arts Therapists (NYCCAT) activities. Ongoing monitoring of legislation that relates to the LCAT. Legislative issues being monitored include insurance coverage for mental health services, newly implemented mandatory continuing education requirements, possible addition of “diagnosis” to definition of creative arts therapies. Actively pursuing creation of an authentic music therapy license, with plans for introduction in the fall of 2016. Finishing up a year-long tour of providing a 5-hour CMTE course (3 hours of which meet the ethics requirement for recertification) at all 5 NYS schools.

Task Force Contact Name: Donna Polen

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Task Force Members: Ari Amir, Ivette Farciert-Vivar, Beth McLaughlin, Donna Polen, Elizabeth Schwartz, Tracy Wanamaker

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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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