State Recognition for Rhode Island

Recognized? Yes – Licensure

Recognition Status: On June 30, 2014, Gov. Chafee signed into law HB 7131, legislation that created a music therapy registry administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Applications available at:

Active Task Force? Yes

Year Started: 2010

Task Force Status: Task force remains active to increase awareness and recognition of the music therapy license and to advocate for the maintenance of the license amidst deregulation of professions.

Task Force Contact Name: Nicole O’Malley

Task Force Contact Email:

Task Force Members: Nicole O’Malley, Teri Pimley, Kristi Rood

Task Force Facebook:

State Association:

State Association Facebook:

Regional Association:

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.