Active Task Force? Yes
Year Started: 2006
Task Force Status: Surveying state music therapists to create an updated fact sheet. Re-reviewing state regulations and submitting updated language requests. Hosted Advocacy CMTE, Hill Day, and an advocacy breakfast at GLR conference (April 2013). HB 546, legislation that will create a music therapy license in the state, was filed in June 2014. Extensive outreach efforts are being conducted with the medical, rehabilitative, and creative arts therapy professions to advocate for this legislation. Task force has organized significant grassroots advocacy efforts, including a Hill Day in March 2015, and conducted outreach to various stakeholders as part of advocacy efforts. HB 184, which would create a music therapy license in Ohio, was introduced spring 2015 and is currently being vetted in the House Commerce and Labor Committee. A substitute bill with language changes to more effectively define the profession of Music Therapy and its scope of practice was drafted in the summer of 2016 and is intended to be filed and assigned a committee in the Senate by summer's end as well as voted on in the House in late fall 2016, following the elections.
Task Force Contact Name: Dwyer Conklyn
Task Force Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Task Force Members: Debbie Bates, Katy Capistrani, Dwyer Conklyn, Tanya Corso, Amy Foley, Ed Gallagher, Lindsey Holmes, Erin Jahna, Larisa McHugh, Brittany Scheer, Erin Spring
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State Association: www.aomt.org
State Association Facebook: Association of Ohio Music Therapists
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.