State Recognition for California

Recognized? No

Recognition Status: CA Code of Regulations currently refer to music therapy in Titles 5, 9, 17 and 22. Title 5 – Special Education was updated in 2014, requiring all music therapists working in the public schools as members of IEP teams to hold the MT-BC credential.

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2006

Task Force Status: The CA task force was successful in having the MT-BC included in the provider requirements for services in the CA Code of Regulations, Title 5 (Special Education) in 2014 after nearly five years of advocacy efforts. All music therapists in CA serving students as part of a student’s IEP can once again apply to be a “Non Public Agency” with the Department of Education. In 2015, Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) authored a bill AB1279. This billed clarified existing law to define a qualified music therapist. It also outlined the education and clinical training requirements needed in order to become a qualified music therapist in CA. Unfortunately the bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown in Oct of 2015, despite unanimous “aye” votes in all legislative committees, the State Assembly and Senate. The task force continues to mobilize the grassroots advocacy community and empowering CA music therapists to continue to educate key stakeholders and policy makers on the importance of the MT-BC credential. The key focus of the task force is identify legislative regulations that impede access to services for our clients.

Task Force Contact Name: Mary Alvarado

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Task Force Members: Roberta Adler, Mary Alvarado, Leah Cruz, Kirstie Gallacher-Ang, Rachel Gant, Jennifer Geiger, Desiree Gorzela, Rachel McCauley, Tara McConnell, Jerwin Monje, Angela Vrbanac-Libby

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State Association:

State Association Facebook: California Association for Music Therapy

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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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