State Recognition for Washington

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2006

Task Force Status: Licensure bill introduced (2008), but died on the floor. Held a Hill Day and found several legislators’ support (2011). Legislation introduced (2012) to create a state certification program through the Secretary of State (SB 6276/HB 2522), but did not pass out of committee and referred to Sunrise Review to make progress with the Dept. of Health (DOH). DOH recommended that no state regulation needed above the current requirements for the MT-BC credential. Music therapists included in CIIBS waiver (2013). Researching into relevant state health & education departments to request addressing music therapy in their regulations based on the Sunrise Review.

Task Force Contact Name: Megumi Azekawa

Task Force Contact Email: megumi@pugetsoundmusictherapy.com

Task Force Members: Megumi Azekawa, Carlene Brown, Carla Carnegie, Patti Catalano, Gayle Cloud, Jim Couture, Alyssa Monas, Wendy Woolsey

Task Force Facebook:

State Association: www.musictherapywa.org

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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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