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5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

5 Building Blocks to Achieving Art Therapy Licensure in All 50 States

October 17, 2019 | Advocacy

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary as an association, we are seeing great momentum in our licensure effort, with a new license signed into law just last month. Over fifty years, we have reached many milestones that illustrate our mission – to advocate for expansion of access to professional art therapists and lead the nation in the advancement of art therapy as a regulated mental health and human services profession.

Nebraska Art Therapy Sunrise Review is Underway

Nebraska Art Therapy Sunrise Review is Underway

October 3, 2019

Congratulations to the Nebraska Art Therapy Licensure Coalition for submitting their 65-page (184 including appendices!) questionnaire to initiate the sunrise review (407 Credentialing Review) by the Department of Health and Human Services to determine the need to regulate art therapy in Nebraska!

We Joined 600+ Mental Health Advocates on Capitol Hill

We Joined 600+ Mental Health Advocates on Capitol Hill

September 19, 2019

“Be strong, be loud, and be assertive for those you serve.” – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6)

This week, the AATA joined the National Council of Behavioral Health and over 600 mental health advocates for Hill Day 2019! The advocacy training was packed with strategies, tips, and inspirational moments preparing advocates for meetings with their elected officials the following day.

Victory in Connecticut: Art Therapy License Enacted

Victory in Connecticut: Art Therapy License Enacted

June 27, 2019 

We are proud to announce that a distinct art therapy license has been enacted in Connecticut!  On June 26, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the state budget, which included licensure for art therapists.

The NEA Once Again Faces Proposed Elimination: Join Us in Requesting a $12.5 Million Increase

The NEA Once Again Faces Proposed Elimination: Join Us in Requesting a $12.5 Million Increase

March 28, 2019 | Advocacy

On March 18, President Trump released his FY 2020 budget recommending, for the third consecutive year, complete termination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  In the last two fiscal years, Congress has firmly rejected this proposal − opting instead for minor increases.

Creative Forces Veteran Testifies on behalf of the AATA before U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Creative Forces Veteran Testifies on behalf of the AATA before U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

February 28, 2019 | Advocacy

On Tuesday February 26, 2019 Christopher Stowe Master Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (ret.) testified on behalf of the AATA alongside Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.  They urged the subcommittee to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $167.5 for FY 2020, a $12.5 million increase from FY 2019.

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

Sunrise Reviews Commence in Connecticut and Nebraska

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

The AATA is pleased to share that state agencies in Connecticut and Nebraska have approved applications to conduct studies on into the need to regulate art therapy. These comprehensive studies to determine the need and the appropriate level of regulation of a profession, commonly referred to as “sunrise reviews,” are prerequisites for the legislature to consider licensing a new profession and are now required at varying degrees in 14 states .  

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

Vote with Art Therapy in Mind: The AATA Guide for Election Day 2018

October 25, 2018 | Advocacy

As mental health professionals, art therapists are connected with the needs of the communities they serve.  You may already be a champion for your clients in your community to ensure they get the care they need.  Similarly, Election Day is an opportunity to be a champion for your clients and for the values that are core to our profession.

Virginia Board of Health Professions Votes to Recommend Licensure for Art Therapists to the Governor and Legislature

Virginia Board of Health Professions Votes to Recommend Licensure for Art Therapists to the Governor and Legislature

By Clara Keane | August 30, 2018 | Advocacy

On August 23, 2018 the Virginia Board of Health Professions (BHP) voted to recommend licensure for art therapists in the state of Virginia.  Following years of advocacy work and a full year in the formal sunrise review process, a group of art therapists gathered to witness history unfold in the field of art therapy.  After the BHP’s Regulatory Research Committee made their final recommendations and “concluded that all criteria [for state regulation] were met,” the Committee voted unanimously to “adopt a separate license for Art Therapists to practice in Virginia.”

Chapter Projects Funded by the 2017 Government Affairs Committee Grants

Chapter Projects Funded by the 2017 Government Affairs Committee Grants

By Clara Keane | July 5, 2018 | Advocacy

Each year, the Government Affairs Committee (GAC) awards grants to chapters to help support their legislative goals.  In 2017, grants were awarded to three chapters, the Southern California Art Therapy Association (SoCalATA), the Arizona Art Therapy Association (AzATA), and the Michigan Association of Art Therapy (MAAT).