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Full Text of SB1595  99th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Music
5Therapy Advisory Board Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7    "Board" means the Music Therapy Advisory Board.
8    "Music therapist" means a person who is certified by the
9Certification Board for Music Therapists.
10    "Music therapy" means the clinical and evidence-based use
11of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for
12people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic
13relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed
14an approved music therapy program. The music therapy
15interventions may include music improvisation, receptive music
16listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery,
17singing, music performance, learning through music, music
18combined with other arts, music-assisted relaxation,
19music-based patient education, electronic music technology,
20adapted music intervention, and movement to music. The term
21"music therapy" does not include the diagnosis or assessment of
22any physical, mental, or communication disorder.
23    "Department" means the Department of Financial and



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1Professional Regulation.
2    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
3Professional Regulation or his or her designee.
4    Section 10. Advisory board.
5    (a) There is created the Music Therapy Advisory Board
6within the Department. The Board shall consist of 7 members
7appointed by the Secretary for a term of 2 years. The Secretary
8shall make the appointments to the Board within 90 days after
9the effective date of this Act. The members of the Board shall
10represent different racial and ethnic backgrounds, reasonably
11reflect the different geographic areas in Illinois, and have
12the qualifications as follows:
13        (1) three members who currently serve as music
14    therapists in Illinois;
15        (2) one member who represents the Department;
16        (3) one member who is a licensed psychologist or
17    professional counselor in Illinois;
18        (4) one member who is a licensed social worker in
19    Illinois; and
20        (5) one representative of a community college,
21    university, or educational institution that provides
22    training to music therapists.
23    (b) The members of the Board shall select a chairperson
24from the members of the Board. The Board shall consult with
25additional experts as needed. Four members constitute a quorum.



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1The Board shall hold its first meeting within 30 days after the
2appointment of members by the Secretary. Members of the Board
3shall serve without compensation. The Department shall provide
4administrative and staff support to the Board. The meetings of
5the Board are subject to the provisions of the Open Meetings
7    (c) The Board shall consider the core competencies of a
8music therapist, including skills and areas of knowledge that
9are essential to bringing about music therapy services to
10communities by qualified individuals. As relating to music
11therapy services, the core competencies for effective music
12therapists may include, but are not limited to:
13        (1) materials to educate the public concerning music
14    therapist licensure;
15        (2) the benefits of music therapy;
16        (3) the utilization of music therapy by individuals and
17    in facilities or institutional settings;
18        (4) culturally competent communication and care;
19        (5) music therapy for behavior change;
20        (6) support from the American Music Therapy
21    Association or any successor organization and the
22    Certification Board for Music Therapists;
23        (7) clinical training; and
24        (8) education and continuing education requirements.
25    Section 15. Report.



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1    (a) The Board shall develop a report with its
2recommendations regarding the certification process for music
3therapists. The report shall be completed no later than 12
4months after the first meeting of the Board. The report shall
5be submitted to all members of the Board, the Secretary, the
6Governor, the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of
7the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and
8the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The
9Department shall publish the report on its Internet website.
10    (b) The report shall at a minimum include the following:
11        (1) a summary of research regarding the best practices,
12    curriculum, and training programs for designing a
13    certification program in this State for music therapists,
14    including a consideration of a multi-tiered education or
15    training system, statewide certification,
16    non-certification degree-based levels of certification,
17    support from the American Music Therapy Association and
18    Certification Board for Music Therapists, and the
19    requirements for experience-based certification;
20        (2) recommendations regarding certification and
21    renewal process for music therapists and a system of
22    approval and accreditation for curriculum and training;
23        (3) recommendations for a proposed curriculum for
24    music therapists that ensures the content, methodology,
25    development, and delivery of any proposed program is
26    appropriately based on cultural, geographic, and other



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1    specialty needs and also reflects relevant
2    responsibilities for music therapists; and
3        (4) recommendations for best practices for
4    reimbursement options and pathways through which secure
5    funding for music therapists may be obtained.
6    (c) The Board shall advise the Department, the Governor,
7and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the
8effective work of music therapists.