State Recognition for Ohio

Recognized? No

Recognition Status:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2006

Task Force Status: HB 184, which would create a music therapy license in Ohio, was introduced spring 2015 and assigned to the House Commerce and Labor Committee. After proponent and opponent testimony was provided in early 2016, the bill stalled in committee and expired at the end of the legislative term in December 2016. In 2017 the task force restructured with new leadership and refocused our efforts on advocacy and new approaches to licensure. A Hill Day was held in February 2018, which featured a luncheon that was well attended by over 30 legislators and legislator aids. The event featured a presentation on music therapy and speakers from various healthcare professions and families who have benefited from music therapy. A new bill is currently being developed, sponsored by minority leader Senator Kenny Yuko, and an interested party meeting was held in May 2018.

Task Force Contact Name: Ed Gallagher and Erin Spring

Task Force Contact Email:

Task Force Members: Ceara Chiapparelli, Allyson Clifton, Tanya Corso, Jessica Fletcher, Ed Gallagher, Lisa Gallagher, Madeleine Landry, Dee McCarthy, Madison Miller, Erin Spring, Laura Whitlow-Schell, Isaac Zika

Task Force Facebook: Ohio Music Therapy Task Force

State Association:

State Association Facebook: Association of Ohio Music Therapists

Regional Association: Great Lakes Region (

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). 

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.