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.
November 14, 2019
On November 8, 2019 a bill to make mental health practitioners including licensed creative arts therapists (LCAT) eligible for coverage under Medicaid in New York was finally delivered to the Governor! TAKE ACTION!! Call 1-518-474-8390 and ask Governor Cuomo to sign S3421A into law!
October 30, 2019
This year’s conference features more advocacy sessions than ever before and in new session formats. And brand new to the program are appearances from Kansas U.S. and State representatives! Attendees, as you finalize each day’s schedule, don’t miss these learning opportunities.
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.
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!
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.