State Recognition for Indiana
Active Task Force? Yes
Year Started: 2008
Task Force Status: Communicating with state agencies, including requesting Medicaid waiver updates. Offering incentives to those who participate in writing legislators. Hosted successful advocacy CMTE and Hill Day (03/11). House Concurrent Resolution (01/11) urged the Developmental Disabilities Commission to study the addition of music therapy to various services. Legislation to create a music therapy registry (HB 1209) was introduced (2012), but went unassigned to committee due to short session. Legislation to establish title protection (HB 1051) was filed in January 2013, then added as an amendment to SB 273. Task force responded to concerns for state speech therapy lobbyist and has received significant support from ARC of Indiana. SB 273 passed the House and Senate in April 2013 and was forwarded to the Governor, who vetoed the bill citing need for fewer licensing requirements. In 2015, the task force monitored House Bill 1303, which passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor in May 2015. This bill establishes procedures for individuals to apply to a professional licensing agency and become state certified. The task force is exploring the feasibility of including board certified music therapists in this program.
Task Force Contact Name: Amanda Henley
Task Force Members: Casey DePriest, Carolyn Dwyer, Jonni Fogerty, Ann Hannan, Amanda Henley, Meganne Masko, Andy Panayides, Jennifer Pinson, Natasha Thomas, Lindsey Wright
Task Force Facebook:
State Association: www.indianamusictherapists.com
State Association Facebook: Association for Indiana Music Therapy
Regional Association: www.glr-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.