State Recognition for Alabama
Active Task Force? Yes
Year Started: 2011
Task Force Status: The AL task force completed preliminary state recognition steps, which included sending a survey to music therapists in the state to gather information about current populations and areas being served, creating a state-specific music therapy fact sheet, and initiating contact with state legislators. In addition, in 2014 the task force facilitated state-wide advocacy trainings to educate music therapists on advocacy and the benefits of state recognition, and they are planning to host a Hill Day advocacy CMTE in Spring of 2017. With the support of the newly formed state organization, the Task Force hopes that increasing advocacy and communication amongst Alabama music therapists will promote legislative involvement.
Task Force Contact Name: Emily Macher
Task Force Contact Email: ALmusictherapytf@gmail.com
Task Force Members: Stephanie Bolton, Wesley Hyde, Lauren Key, Emily Macher, Bridgett McLean, Jessica Simpson Watson, Krysee Wright
Task Force Facebook:
State Association Facebook:
Regional Association: www.ser-amta.org
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.