Louisville, Kentucky (WDRB) — Kentucky offers a degree in music therapy but does not regulate it.
Now music therapist Katie Cowan, MT-BC, NICU-MT at Norton Children’s Hospital, hopes Senate Bill 14 will change that.
“We hope this will open up opportunities for everyone who wants music therapy services,” she said.
In addition to creating a music therapy licensing board, the bill would establish standards, promote treatment awareness, and enable the board to take disciplinary action.
The bill has bipartisan support in the Kentucky Senate.
“Having some level of uniform standard of practice is very important, otherwise people will set their own standards,” said D-Louisville Senator Gerald Neal. rice field.
Republican Senator Julie Lak Adams said she couldn’t believe it didn’t exist yet.
“It also allows consumers to know who has a license and who does not, establishing true professionalism within that community,” she said.
Raque Adams said he sees the bill as likely to pass despite the short session.
“For me, the biggest impact of music therapy is that our first reaction to children is, ‘Oh, I think we have the medicine for that.’ You shouldn’t have it as such,” said Raque Adams.
Lawmakers will return to Frankfort on February 7th. It is unclear how quickly this action will be taken up by the commission.
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