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Full Text of SB1595  99th General Assembly


Sen. Dan Kotowski

Filed: 4/15/2015





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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 10 members
14appointed by the Secretary. The Secretary shall make the
15appointments to the Board within 90 days after the effective
16date of this Act. The members of the Board shall represent
17different racial and ethnic backgrounds and have the
18qualifications as follows:
19        (1) three members who currently serve as music
20    therapists in Cook County;
21        (2) one member who currently serves as a music
22    therapist in DuPage, Kane, Lake, or Will County;
23        (3) one member who currently serves as a music
24    therapist in Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin,
25    Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Randolph, St. Clair, or



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1    Washington County;
2        (4) one member who currently serves as a music
3    therapist in any other county in the State;
4        (5) one member who is a licensed psychologist in
5    Illinois;
6        (6) one member who is a licensed social worker or
7    counselor;
8        (7) one member who currently employs music therapists;
9    and
10        (8) one representative of a community college,
11    university, or educational institution that provides
12    training to music therapists.
13    (b) In addition, the following persons may each appoint an
14ex officio, non-voting member of the Board: the Executive
15Director of the Illinois Community College Board, the Director
16of Children and Family Services, the Director of Aging, the
17Director of Public Health, the Director of Employment Security,
18the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the
19Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation, the
20Director of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Secretary
21of Human Services.
22    (c) The voting members of the Board shall select a
23chairperson from the voting members of the Board. The Board
24shall consult with additional experts as needed. Five members
25constitute a quorum. The Board shall hold its first meeting
26within 30 days after the appointment of members by the



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



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



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