State Recognition for Connecticut
Recognized? Yes – License
Recognition Status: On May 27, 2016, Governor Malloy of Connecticut signed into law HB 5537. This legislation includes language stating that music therapy services can only be provided by those who hold the MT-BC credential. In June 2023, music therapy title protection in Connecticut was transformed into a music therapy license. In June 2023, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law HB 6733, which included language to create a music therapy license overseen by the Department of Public Health. Procedures for applying for licensure are available on their website.
Active Task Force? Yes
Year Started: 2011
Task Force Status: In March 2016 RSB 354, An Act Concerning Music and Art Therapy was raised. After a positive response from the Public Health Committee, the bill passed through the House and Senate. Unfortunately given the fiscal climate of the state it was determined that no new licensure programs would be granted this year. In light of this, the original licensure language shifted to statutory recognition which will provide music therapists practicing in the state of Connecticut title protection. This law goes into effect October 2016. In June 2023 the music therapy title protection in Connecticut was transformed to a music therapy license. Governor Ned Lamont signed into law HB 6733, which included language to create a music therapy license overseen
by the Department of Public Health.
Task Force Contact Name: Heather Wagner
Task Force Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Task Force Members: Emily Bevelaqua, Courtney Biddle, Natalie McClune, Jennifer Sokira, Heather Wagner
Task Force Facebook: CT State Task Force
State Association Facebook:
Regional Association: http://www.musictherapynewengland.org/
State Legislative Activity:
Below you will find a link to an online report with information about state-level bills that include the keyword “music therapy.” There may or may not be a bill for your state. 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 Fiscal Note, 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.