Music Therapy is currently being studied by the Virginia Board of Health Professions through the Sunrise Review. State licensure of Music Therapy will help ensure that only appropriately trained individuals may practice Music Therapy in an effort to protect vulnerable populations, ensure transparency for other healthcare providers and patients/families seeking Music Therapy services, and increase consumer access to appropriately trained clinicians. The Board will make their decision based on seven criteria, which you can read about at the link below. You can also help support state licensure of Music Therapy by writing a letter of support and by emailing it to the Virginia Board of Health Professionals using the step-by-step instructions included below the line. All letters/emails are due by July 15, 2019 but we are asking for them to be submitted before July 1. 2019 if possible.

Click here to learn more: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/bhp/leg/Announcement_MusicTherapy.pdf


WRITE A LETTER TO SUpport Music Therapy LICENSURE TODAY

As someone who has provided, received, or supported Music Therapy services in the state, we are seeking your assistance with the following steps: 

  1. Please submit a written testimony. Although the deadline is July 15, we are urging people to submit by July 1. 

  2. Email your testimony to Laura L. Jackson, laura.jackson@dhp.virginia.gov and please BCC (blind carbon copy) the task force at vastfmt@gmail.com 

  3. If preferred, testimony can be mailed to the following address:

    Laura L. Jackson

    Virginia Board of Health Professions

    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300

    Henrico, VA 23233-1463

    Or faxed to 804-527-4434 

  4. Please write “Support for Music Therapy Licensure in VA” as your subject line.

  5. Address the letter “Dear Board of Health Professions“

  6. Start by introducing yourself and your role. Describe your experience with Music Therapy. If you are an MT-BC, speak to your background, the extent of your clinical training, and potential for harm. If you are a healthcare professional, you could speak to the importance of clinical training and appropriate credentials to determine who is qualified to practice Music Therapy. If you are a patient or family member, you could speak to the benefits of Music Therapy you have personally observed as well as the importance of transparency when seeking appropriately trained music therapists.

  7. If you previously responded to one of our calls to action this year, you may be able to use similar language from your previous emails. Just keep in mind that we are not advocating for a bill as the bill is what mandated this study. Instead, we are asking for licensure.

  8. Please conclude your letter with the following: “In summary, I ask that you support state licensure of Music Therapy in order to ensure that only appropriately trained individuals may practice in an effort to protect vulnerable populations, ensure transparency for other healthcare providers and patients/families seeking Music Therapy services, and increase consumer access to appropriately trained clinicians.

  9. If you have a desire to speak publicly at the meeting on June 24, please notify the task force by replying to this email so we can coordinate all of the testimonies/speeches.

  10. Finally, please do forward this to your colleagues, families, friends, etc. The Board wishes to hear from anyone who has come in contact with Music Therapy.