House Study Bill 60 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to professional standards for the certification
2or designation of music therapists and providing penalties.
1   Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  154G.1  Definitions.
   2As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise
   41.  “Music therapist” means a person who holds one of the
   6a.  An active music therapist board-certified credential
7granted by the certification board for music therapists.
   8b.  A professional designation in good standing on the
9national music therapy registry.
   102.  “Music therapy” means the clinical and evidence-based
11use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals
12for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic
13relationship by a music therapist.
14   Sec. 2.  NEW SECTION.  154G.2  Practice or use of title.
   151.  A person shall not profess to be a music therapist or
16board-certified music therapist or use the initials “MT-BC”
17or any other words, letters, abbreviations, or insignia
18indicating or implying that the person is a music therapist
19unless the person holds and maintains the music therapist
20board-certified credential granted by the certification board
21for music therapists or is designated as a registered music
22therapist, certified music therapist, or advanced certified
23music therapist and is in good standing on the national music
24therapy registry.
   252.  This chapter does not prohibit a person from using music
26in the performance of the person’s profession or occupation if
27incidental to the person’s profession or occupation and if the
28person does not represent that the person is a music therapist.
   293.  A person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally
30violates this section is guilty of a simple misdemeanor.
32The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
33the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   34This bill requires any person claiming to be a music
35therapist to hold a music therapist board-certified credential
-1-1granted by the certification board for music therapists or
2a professional designation in good standing listed on the
3national music therapy registry. A person who recklessly,
4knowingly, or intentionally violates this bill is guilty of
5a simple misdemeanor. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by
6confinement for no more than 30 days or a fine of at least $65
7but not more than $625 or by both.