Washington Bill Would Require Licensing Music Therapists

Washington Bill Would Require Licensing Music Therapists

Senate Bill 5485

OLYMPIA, WA – While the Idaho Governor is trying to cut down on the number of people who have to be licensed to work, Washington State Senators are reviewing a bill that would require music therapists to be licensed by the state.  Senate Bill 5485 would make it illegal to use the title Music Therapist or practice music therapy unless the person had been through a program accredited by the American Music Therapy Association with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and paid a fee to the state for a license.

The bill defines Music Therapy as “…the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic relationship by a board certified music therapist.”

The bill would require a “plan for determining when the provision of music therapy services is no longer needed.”

It would also require a board of five unpaid members.  Three would be Music Therapists, one would be a licensed medical professional who is not a Music Therapist, and one person who is or was in a music therapy program.

The bill has made it past the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee and has been sent on to the Rules committee for a second reading.

You can find a link to the full, amended bill here: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5485-S.pdf

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