As State Legislative Calendars Adjust to Prioritize Coronavirus Response, Here’s the Status of the 12 Art Therapy Bills
April 9, 2020 | Clara Keane
While the priority across the country is to protect the public and make sure other crucial legislation like state funding gets passed, most every other issue, like art therapy licensure, will have to wait for an unknown amount of time. This reality does not take away from the incredible progress we have made in our legislative efforts this year, thanks to the hundreds of art therapy advocates across the country that are paving the way for the future of the profession! Let’s take a moment to recap and celebrate the victories and the progress made this year.
April 9, 2020
Even as legislatures pivot to focus most of their energy on legislation responding to the pandemic and other critical issues like state budgets, we’ve had some victories for art therapists. Licensure throughout the DMV (DC-MD-VA) region is within reach, with a new license enacted in Virginia and a licensure bill in Washington, DC passing the Council!
March 12, 2020
While exciting developments in art therapy licensing legislation have continued to occur, uncertainties around COVID-19 have begun to impact legislative schedules as the public health crisis continues to unfold. Here is a quick update:
– The sunrise review proposal was approved in Nebraska
– A new licensure bill was introduced in Louisiana
– The Virginia licensure bill was presented to the Governor
February 27, 2020
Art therapy legislation is moving across the country! There are currently 11 active art therapy bills — here are updates on campaigns in Virginia, Tennessee, and Nebraska. CALL TO ACTION – If you live or work in Virginia, please urge the Governor to sign SB 713 into law!
January 30, 2020
This week committees in the Council of the District of Columbia and Virginia General Assembly passed art therapy licensure legislation. On January 29th the DC Committee on Health voted B23-0250 – Professional Art Therapist Licensure Amendment Act of 2019 out of committee. The legislation now moves on to the full Council.
January 16, 2019
2020 is off to a great start for art therapy! Art therapy licensure bills have been introduced in Virginia and Indiana and art therapists in Nebraska and Wisconsin have participated in sunrise review processes or proposals.
January 2, 2020
As most state legislatures prepare to begin their 2020 legislative sessions in January, we wanted to share some bills to watch this year and also recap the art therapy victories and advancements of 2019!
December 4, 2019
On December 19th, art therapists in the District of Columbia will testify on behalf of B23-250, “Professional Art Therapist Licensure Amendment Act of 2019” during a combined public hearing between the Committee of the Whole and the Committee on Health. Both committees may act on the bill following the hearing, and the next step would be passage by the full Council of the District of Columbia.
December 4, 2019
If you reside or work in New York State, please take a moment to urge your Governor to support access to creative arts therapies. A670A, which would require blanket health insurance policies to provide coverage to licensed mental health practitioners, including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT), was delivered to Governor Cuomo on November 26th, starting the 10-day clock (not including Sundays or holidays) for him to act.
November 14. 2019
On November 13, 2019 senators Kenny Yuko (D-25) and Andrew Brenner (R-19) introduced SB 238 to provide licensure for art therapists and music therapists in Ohio. The bill would create separate licenses with distinct requirements administered by two different boards.