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: Respond to questions regarding music therapy practice without the state license (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, or LCAT); 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. Monitor social media postings to correct/address misinformation on practice of music therapists relating to NYS law and regulation. 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 therapy. Provided 5-hour CMTE courses (3 hours of which met the ethics requirement for recertification) at the 5 higher education institutions offering music therapy programs recognized by New York state for the existing licensure (LCAT). Developing advocacy strategies for securing co-sponsors for SB 5264 (same as A10194), a tiered license for recognition of music therapy as a profession. Held their first Hill Day in Albany on June 6, 2018, with close to 50 music therapists, interns, and students. Speakers included Senate sponsor Rich Funke, Assembly sponsor Michaelle Solages, and Executive Secretary of the NYS Board for Mental Health Practitioners David Hamilton. Meetings held with more than 32 Senate and Assembly members and staffers.

Task Force Contact Name: Donna Polen

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Task Force Members: Ivette Farciert-Vivar, Amy Myers, Sharon Pelcher Rao, Donna Polen, Elizabeth Schwartz, Tracy Wanamaker

Task Force Facebook: NY State Music Therapy Advocacy Support Network

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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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