State Recognition for Minnesota

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2007

Task Force Status: In 2012, legislation to create a music therapy license (HF 2053/SF 1748) was introduced, however did not pass out of committee. January 2013 SF 404/HF 849 were filed for music therapy licensure, was not heard and carried over to the 2014 session and died due to exorbitant fiscal note. Spring 2014 the TF supported bill SF 1722 to expand the definition of a “teacher” to include music therapists; this bill passed.  In May 2015, MT licensure HF 2366/SF 2197 bills were introduced, carried over to the 2016 session, progress was stalled due to a shortened legislative session. In 2018 SF 2607 MT licensure bill was introduced but did not make it through. Fall of 2018 the TF collaborated with EdMN union to prepare licensure bill and issues related to SLP concerns. In 2019, MT Licensure bills HF 546/SF330 were introduced into committees and were not heard. These bill files carried over to the 2020 session however were not heard due to the pandemic. Currently working on identifying and growing our community support.

Task Force Contact Name: Ericha Rupp and Todd Schwartzberg

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Task Force Members: Mark Burnett, Emma Evans-Peck, Amy Furman, Lindsey Markworth, Ellie Mehr, Ericha Rupp, Todd Schwartzberg, Lauren Shibley, Michael Silverman, Maggie Sonsteby

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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). 

Click here to read the report

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.