State Recognition for South Carolina

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2007

Task Force Status: Registry bill introduced in House (2010) but died in committee. Responded to questions from state MT and introduced licensure bill (2011). Dept of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR) issued moratorium on creating new licenses. Bill language was amended from licensure to professional definition and general recognition. Legislation to create a music therapy registry through the Department of Consumer Affairs (SB 1057/HB 3093) introduced (2012). Proposed registry fees were raised so task force is reconsidering recognition options. Legislation to create a music therapy registry was filed in January 2013 (SB 277). Task force responded to concerns from state speech therapy lobbyist. After discovering that the SC Department of Health and Human Services recognizes music therapy as a core Medicaid Service but does not recognize MT-BCs as potential Medicaid providers because they are not licensed, SB 589 was filed that will create a music therapy license in the state. The bill has been heard in committee and will carryover to the 2016 session.

Task Force Contact Name: Sarah Pregnall

Task Force Contact Email:

Task Force Members: Sarah Edwards, Jennifer Gossett, Lisa Hanson, Sarah McWaters, Betsey Neal, Sarah Pregnall, Janelle Sikora, Sarah Winkler

Task Force Facebook:

State Association:

State Association Facebook: Music Therapy Association of South Carolina

Regional Association:

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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