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Full Text of SB1595  99th General Assembly


Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe

Filed: 5/21/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1595 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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,



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1singing, music performance, learning through music, music
2combined with other arts, music-assisted relaxation,
3music-based patient education, electronic music technology,
4adapted music intervention, and movement to music. The term
5"music therapy" does not include the diagnosis or assessment of
6any physical, mental, or communication disorder.
7    "Department" means the Department of Financial and
8Professional Regulation.
9    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
10Professional Regulation or his or her designee.
11    Section 10. Advisory board.
12    (a) There is created the Music Therapy Advisory Board
13within the Department. The Board shall consist of 7 members
14appointed by the Secretary for a term of 2 years. The Secretary
15shall make the appointments to the Board within 90 days after
16the effective date of this Act. The members of the Board shall
17represent different racial and ethnic backgrounds, reasonably
18reflect the different geographic areas in Illinois, and have
19the qualifications as follows:
20        (1) three members who currently serve as music
21    therapists in Illinois;
22        (2) one member who represents the Department;
23        (3) one member who is a licensed psychologist or
24    professional counselor in Illinois;
25        (4) one member who is a licensed social worker in



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1    Illinois; and
2        (5) one representative of a community college,
3    university, or educational institution that provides
4    training to music therapists.
5    (b) The members of the Board shall select a chairperson
6from the members of the Board. The Board shall consult with
7additional experts as needed. Four members constitute a quorum.
8The Board shall hold its first meeting within 30 days after the
9appointment of members by the Secretary. Members of the Board
10shall serve without compensation. The Department shall provide
11administrative and staff support to the Board. The meetings of
12the Board are subject to the provisions of the Open Meetings
14    (c) The Board shall consider the core competencies of a
15music therapist, including skills and areas of knowledge that
16are essential to bringing about music therapy services to
17communities by qualified individuals. As relating to music
18therapy services, the core competencies for effective music
19therapists may include, but are not limited to:
20        (1) materials to educate the public concerning music
21    therapist licensure;
22        (2) the benefits of music therapy;
23        (3) the utilization of music therapy by individuals and
24    in facilities or institutional settings;
25        (4) culturally competent communication and care;
26        (5) music therapy for behavior change;



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



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1        (2) recommendations regarding certification and
2    renewal process for music therapists and a system of
3    approval and accreditation for curriculum and training;
4        (3) recommendations for a proposed curriculum for
5    music therapists that ensures the content, methodology,
6    development, and delivery of any proposed program is
7    appropriately based on cultural, geographic, and other
8    specialty needs and also reflects relevant
9    responsibilities for music therapists; and
10        (4) recommendations for best practices for
11    reimbursement options and pathways through which secure
12    funding for music therapists may be obtained.
13    (c) The Board shall advise the Department, the Governor,
14and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the
15effective work of music therapists.".