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McNamara Bill would Create State Music Therapist Registry

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, would require music therapists certified by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) to register with the Department of Health in order to practice in Rhode Island.

Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly
Credit: Rhode Island General Assembly

The field of music therapy uses a clinical approach to treat patients by having them listen to, write or even perform music.

To ensure that Rhode Islanders can take full advantage of these treatments from reputable therapists. the House today approved legislation to require all trained and accredited music therapists to register with the Department of Health.

“Music has incredible therapeutic properties, and music therapists use these properties to design personalized, non-invasive treatments that are just what many people find helpful,” said Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), sponsor of the bill, 2014-H 7131. “However, people want to know they’re in the care of a professional, so they can get the most benefit from the treatment. This bill will help people identify professional therapists, and also would help therapists boost their own reputations.”

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, would require music therapists certified by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) to register with the Department of Health in order to practice in Rhode Island. After January 1, 2015, no one but a registered music therapist will be allowed to practice or present themselves as being able to practice music therapy.

In order to register, a person would have to have completed an accredited bachelor’s degree program in music therapy, and have clocked 1,200 hours of clinical training, including 900 hours at an internship. The person would also need to have passed a certified music therapy board exam, and would have to be in good standing based on a review of their previous work and practice. Registrations would be renewable every two years.

A companion Senate bill, 2014-S 2357, has been introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller  (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) and is before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

Bob March 15, 2014 at 08:26 AM
it figures...McNamara and Miller...two of the biggest ass clowns to occupy the state house......really got their finger on the pulse of Rhode Island....reasons #3001 and 3002 why we suck as a state
Joe The Plumber March 15, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Why Bob, this is another great way to create jobs in Rhode Island. Along with the wonderful benefits of legalizing marijuana this legislation will propel Rhode Island to the top of the economic centers in the US.......Really?!? Or, maybe he has a cousin in the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) who will benefit from this.... Rhody, ya gotta luv it.
my world March 15, 2014 at 09:20 PM
I agree this guy is an ass clown!

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