State Recognition for Colorado

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2007

Task Force Status: After Sunrise Review application (01/10) denied due to small numbers, TF met with officials from Dept. of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and utilized their recommendations. Legislation for a music therapy registry through DORA (HB1137) was introduced in 2012. TF chose not to move forward after receiving pressure from DORA to be placed under the Mental Health Practice Act and the bill died in committee. TF began advocating for inclusion of stand-alone definition of music therapy in the state waiver program, where it is currently combined with dance therapy under the title“Movement Therapy.” Waiver regulations are currently undergoing a revision process. In Fall 2013, TF submitted a second Sunrise Review application, requesting a lower level of regulation (title protection) for music therapists. In Spring 2015, a formal Tribute was filed in the House recognizing music therapy as a valuable therapeutic profession in Colorado. TF has organized annual Hill Days at the state Capitol for the past 5 consecutive years. In August 2015, through the support of the Colorado Association for Music Therapy and the national music therapy organizations, TF hired a legislative consultant. In March 2016, TF members and MT advocates testified before the Senate Committee in support of a music therapy title protection bill. This bill died in committee. TF is regrouping and discussing if pursuing legislation a third time is prudent. In the meantime they are planning on meeting with Department of Education officials to work towards increasing access to music therapy in public schools through students’ IEPs.

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Task Force Members: Becky Bressan, Amanda Bryant, Maria Gonsalvez-Schimpf, Andrew Knight, Melissa Munder, Alexander Powers, Leah Quiller, Rebekah Stewart, Amy Wilson, Sara Wise

Task Force Facebook: Colorado Music Therapy Task Force

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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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