SB 154 - This act provides that after January 1, 2017, no person shall use the title "music therapists" or practice music therapy without a license. The Director of the Division of Professional Registration shall issue the license to applicants who hold a degree in music therapy from an approved program, have completed clinical training, passed an examination offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and submit an application. A license shall be renewed biennially upon the payment of a renewal fee, proof of maintenance of the applicant's status as a board certified music therapist, and proof of completion of at least forty hours of continuing education.
Until January 1, 2020, the Director shall waive the examination requirement for an applicant who is a board certified music therapist or a registered music therapist and in good standing with the National Music Therapy Registry.
The act also establishes the Music Therapy Advisory Group which shall consist of five members appointed by the Director who shall serve without compensation. The Advisory Group may facilitate the development of materials that the Director may use to educate the public concerning music therapists licensure. The Advisory Group shall also provide an analysis of disciplinary actions at least once a year.
The Director may issue a sanction for certain conduct specified in the act, and may investigate allegations of such conduct. Sanctions imposed by the Director include suspension, revocation, denial, refusal to renew a license, probation, reprimand, or a fine not less than one hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars for each violation.
This act is identical to HB 189 (2015).