Reference is to the bill as introduced.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting SECTION 1 in its entirety and inserting:
/ SECTION 1. Title 37 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 37-30-10. (A)
This chapter must be known and may be cited
as the 'Music Therapy Practice Act'.
(B) In order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, to protect the public from incompetent and unauthorized people, to assure the highest degree of professional conduct on the part of music therapists, and to ensure the availability of music therapy services of high quality to people in need of these services, the purpose of this chapter is to register a person offering music therapy services to the public.
Section 37-30-20. As
used in this chapter:
(1) 'AMTA' means the American Music Therapy Association.
(2) 'CBMT' means the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
(3) 'Department' means the Department of Consumer Affairs.
(4) 'Registered music therapist' means a person registered to practice music therapy in this State under the provisions of this chapter.
(5) 'Music therapy' means the clinical-based and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a registered credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program and met the credentialing standards determined by the CBMT.
(a) For the purpose of accomplishing music therapy goals, music therapy may include the:
(i) assessment of a client's emotional and physical health, spiritual health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through the client's history and the observation and interaction of the client in music and non-music settings;
(ii) development and implementation of treatment plans, based on a client's assessed needs, using music interventions including, but not limited to, music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric analysis, music and imagery, music performance, learning through music, and movement to music; and
(iii) evaluation and documentation of the client's response to treatment.
(b) For the purpose of accomplishing music therapy goals, music therapy services include, but are not limited to:
(i) conducting an individualized assessment for the purpose of collecting systematic, comprehensive, and accurate data necessary to determine the course of action of a subsequent individualized treatment plan;
(ii) planning and developing the individualized music therapy treatment plan that identifies an individual's goals, objectives, and potential treatment intervention strategies;
(iii) implementing the individualized music therapy treatment plan consistent with the individual's overall treatment program;
(iv) systematically evaluating and comparing the individual's response to the individualized music therapy treatment plan and suggesting modifications as appropriate;
(v) developing a discharge plan in collaboration with the individual and his family, treatment team, and other identified support networks where appropriate and available;
(vi) minimizing the impact of environmental constraints as a barrier to participation in least restrictive environments for individuals engaging in music therapy;
(vii) collaborating with and educating the individual and his family, caregiver, and others to foster an environment responsive to the developmental needs of the individual as addressed in music therapy; and
(viii) consulting with groups, programs, organizations, and communities to improve accessibility to music therapy services.
Section 37-30-30. Before commencing business of music therapy in this State, regardless of the means of doing business, any person engaged in the business of providing music therapy must register with the department as a music therapist on a form prescribed by the department. The registration must be renewed annually no later than October first. The department may collect an initial non-refundable registration fee of one hundred seventy-five dollars with biennial renewal fees of one hundred seventy-five dollars and may use the proceeds to offset the costs of administering and enforcing this chapter.
Section 37-30-40. (A)
A person may not practice music therapy,
provide a music therapy service, or hold himself out as being
able to practice music therapy in this State unless he is
registered under the provisions of this chapter. A person who
renders a music therapy service on the effective date of this
chapter must be registered pursuant to this chapter within six
months following the effective date of this chapter.
(B) A provision in this chapter may not be construed to prevent or restrict a person from performing:
(1) work incidental to the practice of his profession or occupation if that person does not represent himself as a registered music therapist; or
(2) volunteer activities, if that person does not represent himself as a registered music therapist.
Section 37-30-50. To be eligible for registration as a music therapist, an applicant must:
(1) be at least eighteen years of age;
(2) be of good moral character;
(3) abide by the CBMT Code of Professional Practice;
(4) have successfully completed an AMTA-approved academic program with a baccalaureate degree or higher with a major in music therapy from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent;
(5) hold an active credential, Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) from the Certification Board for Music Therapists or have a designation contained in the National Music Therapy Registry (NMTR) including Registered Music Therapist (RMT), Certified Music Therapist (CMT) or Advanced Certified Music Therapist (ACMT); and
(6) have successfully completed a minimum of twelve thousand hours of clinical training, with at least one hundred eighty of these hours being in pre-internship experiences and at least nine hundred of these hours in internship experiences in an internship program approved by an academic institution, the AMTA, or both, or its equivalent.
Section 37-30-60. (A)
A consumer aggrieved by a music therapist
may file a complaint with the department, and the department
shall review the complaint, investigate it as the department
considers appropriate, and initiate action as authorized by
(B) The department may conduct investigations relevant to the administration of this chapter and, to the extent necessary for this purpose, may administer oaths or affirmations, may subpoena witnesses, compel their attendance, adduce evidence, and require the production of any matter relevant to the investigation, including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition, and location of any books, documents, or other tangible things and the identity and location of persons having knowledge of relevant facts, or any other matter reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence.
(C) If a person's records are located outside this State, the person, at the department's discretion, shall either make them available to the department at a convenient location within this State or pay the reasonable and necessary expenses for the department to examine these records at the place where they are maintained. The administrator of the department may designate representatives, including comparable officials of the State in which the records are located, to inspect them on his behalf.
(D) Upon failure without lawful excuse to obey a subpoena or to give testimony, and upon reasonable notice to all persons affected, the department may apply to the Administrative Law Court for an order compelling compliance.
(E) Upon satisfactory evidence that a person has violated or failed to comply with a provision of this chapter or regulation promulgated pursuant to the authority of this chapter, the department may issue an order requiring any combination of the following:
(1) the person to cease and desist from committing violations of this chapter;
(2) administrative fines not more than five thousand dollars for each violation; and
(3) revocation, suspension, or denial of registration.
(F) A person aggrieved by an action taken by the department may file a request for a contested case hearing with the Administrative Law Court in accordance with the court's rules of procedure. If the person fails to request a contested case hearing within the time provided in the court's rules of procedure, the administrative order becomes final and the department may bring an action to enforce its order pursuant to Title 1, Chapter 23.
Section 37-30-70. The department is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the implementation of this chapter. /
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