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Public Act 099-0397





Public Act 099-0397
SB1595 EnrolledLRB099 05976 HAF 26027 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Music
Therapy Advisory Board Act.
    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Board" means the Music Therapy Advisory Board.
    "Music therapist" means a person who is certified by the
Certification Board for Music Therapists.
    "Music therapy" means the clinical and evidence-based use
of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for
people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic
relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed
an approved music therapy program. The music therapy
interventions may include music improvisation, receptive music
listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery,
singing, music performance, learning through music, music
combined with other arts, music-assisted relaxation,
music-based patient education, electronic music technology,
adapted music intervention, and movement to music. The term
"music therapy" does not include the diagnosis or assessment of
any physical, mental, or communication disorder.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
Professional Regulation or his or her designee.
    Section 10. Advisory board.
    (a) There is created the Music Therapy Advisory Board
within the Department. The Board shall consist of 7 members
appointed by the Secretary for a term of 2 years. The Secretary
shall make the appointments to the Board within 90 days after
the effective date of this Act. The members of the Board shall
represent different racial and ethnic backgrounds, reasonably
reflect the different geographic areas in Illinois, and have
the qualifications as follows:
        (1) three members who currently serve as music
    therapists in Illinois;
        (2) one member who represents the Department;
        (3) one member who is a licensed psychologist or
    professional counselor in Illinois;
        (4) one member who is a licensed social worker in
    Illinois; and
        (5) one representative of a community college,
    university, or educational institution that provides
    training to music therapists.
    (b) The members of the Board shall select a chairperson
from the members of the Board. The Board shall consult with
additional experts as needed. Four members constitute a quorum.
The Board shall hold its first meeting within 30 days after the
appointment of members by the Secretary. Members of the Board
shall serve without compensation. The Department shall provide
administrative and staff support to the Board. The meetings of
the Board are subject to the provisions of the Open Meetings
    (c) The Board shall consider the core competencies of a
music therapist, including skills and areas of knowledge that
are essential to bringing about music therapy services to
communities by qualified individuals. As relating to music
therapy services, the core competencies for effective music
therapists may include, but are not limited to:
        (1) materials to educate the public concerning music
    therapist licensure;
        (2) the benefits of music therapy;
        (3) the utilization of music therapy by individuals and
    in facilities or institutional settings;
        (4) culturally competent communication and care;
        (5) music therapy for behavior change;
        (6) support from the American Music Therapy
    Association or any successor organization and the
    Certification Board for Music Therapists;
        (7) clinical training; and
        (8) education and continuing education requirements.
    Section 15. Report.
    (a) The Board shall develop a report with its
recommendations regarding the certification process for music
therapists. The report shall be completed no later than 12
months after the first meeting of the Board. The report shall
be submitted to all members of the Board, the Secretary, the
Governor, the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of
the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and
the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The
Department shall publish the report on its Internet website.
    (b) The report shall at a minimum include the following:
        (1) a summary of research regarding the best practices,
    curriculum, and training programs for designing a
    certification program in this State for music therapists,
    including a consideration of a multi-tiered education or
    training system, statewide certification,
    non-certification degree-based levels of certification,
    support from the American Music Therapy Association and
    Certification Board for Music Therapists, and the
    requirements for experience-based certification;
        (2) recommendations regarding certification and
    renewal process for music therapists and a system of
    approval and accreditation for curriculum and training;
        (3) recommendations for a proposed curriculum for
    music therapists that ensures the content, methodology,
    development, and delivery of any proposed program is
    appropriately based on cultural, geographic, and other
    specialty needs and also reflects relevant
    responsibilities for music therapists; and
        (4) recommendations for best practices for
    reimbursement options and pathways through which secure
    funding for music therapists may be obtained.
    (c) The Board shall advise the Department, the Governor,
and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the
effective work of music therapists.

Effective Date: 1/1/2016