State Recognition for Minnesota

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2007

Task Force Status: Reviewing state regulations, gathering information on recognition of related professions, and working to develop a fact sheet. Governor issued proclamation recognizing state Music Therapy week in April. Legislation to create a music therapy license (HF 2053/SF 1748) was introduced (2012), but did not pass out of committee. Bill will be re-filed during 2013 session but will need new sponsor as current sponsor is not seeking re-election. Task force facilitated a successful committee hearing and Hill Day and confirmed that licensure would not negatively impact current state waiver programs. Legislation to create a music therapy license was filed in January 2013 (SF 404/HF 849) and bills carried over to 2014 session. Task force successfully negotiated opposition from PT and SLP communities enough to continue progress, but bills died in committee due to exorbinant fiscal note. Task force supported bill (SF 1722) that expands definition of a “teacher” to include music therapists; this bill was passed in spring 2014. In May 2015, legislation to create a music therapy license was introduced in both chambers (HF 2366/SF 2197). Both bills carries over to the 2016 session. This legislative session continued the great work that has occurred over the last several years. Our chief authors, Representative Jerry Newton and Senator John Hoffman worked tirelessly and collaboratively to move our bill. In February we testified before the House Subcommittee on Licensure, but were stalled, primarily due to a shortened legislative session. As a result of this hearing, amendments were made to the bill to clarify that no additional continuing education or training requirements would be imposed as a result of licensure for individuals who seek to practice music therapy in MN. This should alleviate concerns about an additional burden to the state and/or citizens as a result of music therapy licensure. It should also reinforce, for music therapists, that other than a low licensure fee, there will be minimal changes in requirements for music therapists to practice in MN. We are actively planning for the upcoming legislative session.

Task Force Contact Name: Todd Schwartzberg and Ericha Rupp

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Task Force Members: Mark Burnett, Amy Furman, Melissa Hirokawa, Ellie Mehr, Ericha Rupp, Todd Schwartberg, Lauren Shibley, Michael Silverman, Maggie Sonsteby

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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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