Senate File 9 - 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
27if the person does not represent that the person is a music
   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 the bill is guilty of a
5simple misdemeanor. A simple misdemeanor is punishable by
6confinement for no more than 30 days or a fine of at least $105
7but not more than $855 or by both.