Legislative News

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 .  

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.”

New Hampshire Governor Sununu Signs Art Therapy Title Protection Bill into Law

New Hampshire Governor Sununu Signs Art Therapy Title Protection Bill into Law

July 5, 2018

Today, Governor Chris Sununu’s office announced that Senate Bill 535 is among 70 bills the Governor has signed into law. SB 535 provides title and practice protection, authorizing persons holding a master’s or doctoral degree in art therapy to practice professional art therapy in New Hampshire. Effective July 1, 2018, persons who do not hold master’s or doctoral degrees in art therapy are prohibited from using the titles “professional art therapist” and “art therapist,” in addition to any other words, letters, or abbreviations that may indicate or imply that they are professional art therapists.

Ohio House Committee Supports House Bill 557 Art Therapy Licensure and Regulation

Ohio House Committee Supports House Bill 557 Art Therapy Licensure and Regulation

July 5, 2018 | By Molly Kometiani

On June 6th, HB 557 passed with overwhelming support from the Ohio House Health Committee!  The legislature is now in summer recess, but we are looking forward to the House vote in the Fall Session.  This process continues to be a group effort, and we want to take the time to thank all who are involved. 

Art Therapists Make the Case for Regulation in Virginia

Art Therapists Make the Case for Regulation in Virginia

By Clara Keane | June 28, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

On the morning of June 26, 2018, fifteen art therapists gathered for an open comment hearing during a meeting of the Virginia Board of Health Professions (BHP) to speak to the need to regulate art therapy to protect the public. The PHP’s initial draft report was positive, acknowledging the potential harm to the public if art therapy remains unregulated.

Art Therapy Licenses Officially Implemented in Delaware

Art Therapy Licenses Officially Implemented in Delaware

June 14, 2018 

The AATA is thrilled to announce that art therapists in Delaware can now apply for the new Professional Art Therapist and Associate Art Therapist licenses.  On June 7th, the Division of Professional Regulation announced new rules effective June 11, 2018 to implement the licenses.  Read more about the advocacy journey that resulted in the enactment of this legislation on the AATA Blog.

Michigan Art Therapy Licensure Bill Introduced this Week

Michigan Art Therapy Licensure Bill Introduced this Week

June 7, 2018

On Tuesday June 5, 2018, Representative Abdullah Hammoud introduced House Bill 6098.  “By creating a clear framework for art therapists to provide services in the state, my legislation will help many vulnerable residents explore new ways of healing and addressing their mental health concerns,” says Rep Hammoud in a statement. Many thanks to our chapter the Michigan Association of Art Therapy (MAAT) for their hard and dedicated work leading to the introduction of this important legislation! The National Office will continue to work closely with the chapter’s Legislative Chair Amber James, MS as the bill progresses to the Committee on Health Policy.

Ohio State Rep. Anielski Testified in Support of House Bill 557, to License Art Therapists

March 29, 2018

On March 21, State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) gave sponsor testimony before the House Health Committee on behalf of House Bill 557. The bill would grant a license to Art Therapists to practice under the guidance of the State of Ohio Medical Board. “Art therapy has proven to be an incredibly useful tool in dealing with a myriad of issues where many individuals suffer,” said Rep. Anielski.  Committed to improving mental health awareness and suicide prevention in Ohio, Rep. Anielski has been a passionate supporter of the Ohio licensure effort and spoke at the Buckeye Art Therapy Association’s (BATA) Hill Day back in November.

Virginia Sunrise Review Application Featured in Board of Health Professions Meeting

Virginia Sunrise Review Application Featured in Board of Health Professions Meeting

By Gretchen Graves | January 18, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

As the AATA works with members in 24 states engaged in advocacy efforts during the 2018 legislative sessions, I would like to highlight some good news from Virginia. The Virginia Board of Health Professions recently presented its proposed scope of study and schedule for a comprehensive review of the art therapy profession during a public meeting on December 7, 2017.

BATA Hill Day: Art Therapy in Ohio Advocacy Day Overview

BATA Hill Day: Art Therapy in Ohio Advocacy Day Overview

By Molly Kometiani | January 4, 2018 | Advocacy | Events

The Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) hosted Art Therapy in Ohio Advocacy Day on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. It was a powerful, motivating, and exciting day for Buckeye art therapists and the community!