HB1286 (2020) Detail

Relative to the licensure and regulation of music therapists.


HB 1286-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

12Mar2020... 0927h

2020 SESSION

20-2067

10/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1286-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the licensure and regulation of music therapists.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McGhee, Hills. 40; Rep. St. John, Hills. 27; Rep. Grossman, Rock. 18; Rep. Read, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes the music therapy governing board in the office of allied health professionals for the licensure and regulation of practitioners of music therapy.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

12Mar2020... 0927h 20-2067

10/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the licensure and regulation of music therapists.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Chapter; Music Therapists.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 326-L the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 326-M

MUSIC THERAPISTS

326-M:1  Definitions.  In this chapter and RSA 328-F:

I.  "Board" means the music therapists governing board established in RSA 328-F.

II.  "Board certified music therapist" means an individual who holds current board certification from the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

III.  "Executive director" means the executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification.

IV.  "Music therapist" means a person licensed to practice music therapy pursuant to this chapter.

V.  "Music therapy" means the clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals for people of all ages and ability levels within a therapeutic relationship by a board certified music therapist.  The music therapy interventions may include, music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, singing, music performance, learning through music, music combined with other arts, music-assisted relaxation, music-based patient education, electronic music technology, adapted music intervention and movement to music.  The practice of music therapy does not include the screening, diagnosis, or assessment of any physical, mental, or communication disorder.  This term may include:

(a)  Acceptance of clients referred for music therapy by other health care or educational professionals, family members, or caregivers.

(b)  Assessment of clients to determine appropriate music therapy services.

(c)  Development and implementation of individualized music therapy treatment plans that identify goals, objectives, and strategies of music therapy that are appropriate for clients.

(d)  Use of music therapy techniques such as improvisation, performance, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, guided imagery with music, learning through music, and movement to music.

(e)  Evaluation of a client's response to music therapy techniques and to the client's individualized music therapy treatment plan.

(f)  Any necessary modification of the client's individualized music therapy treatment plan.

(g)  Any necessary collaboration with the other health care professionals treating a client.

(h)  Minimizing of barriers that may restrict a client's ability to receive or fully benefit from music therapy services.

326-M:2  Prohibition on Unlicensed Practice; Professional Identification.

I.  No person without a license as a music therapist shall use the title "music therapist" or similar title or practice music therapy.

II.  Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit or restrict the practice, services, or activities of the following:

(a)  Any person licensed, certified, or regulated under the laws of this state in another profession or occupation or personnel supervised by a licensed professional in this state performing work, including the use of music, incidental to the practice of his or her licensed, certified, or regulated profession or occupation, if that person does not represent himself or herself as a music therapist; or

(b)  Any person whose training and national certification attests to the individual's preparation and ability to practice his or her certified profession or occupation, if that person does not represent himself or herself as a music therapist; or

(c)  Any practice of music therapy as an integral part of a program of study for students enrolled in an accredited music therapy program, if the student does not represent himself or herself as a music therapist; or

(d)  Any person who practices music therapy under the supervision of a licensed music therapist, if the person does not represent himself or herself as a music therapist.

326-M:3  Licensure of Music Therapists.  In addition to requirements under RSA 328-F:

I.  The board shall issue a license to an applicant for a music therapy license when such applicant has completed and submitted an application upon a form and in such manner as the executive director prescribes, accompanied by applicable fees, and evidence satisfactory to the board that:

(a)  The applicant is in good standing based on a review of the applicant’s music therapy licensure history in other jurisdictions, including a review of any alleged misconduct or neglect in the practice of music therapy on the part of the applicant, and a review of the criminal background check required under RSA 328-F:18-a.

(b)  The applicant provides proof of passing the examination for board certification offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists or any successor organization or provides proof that the applicant is currently a board certified music therapist.

II.  The board shall issue a license to an applicant for a music therapist license when such applicant has completed and submitted an application upon a form and in such manner as the executive director prescribes, accompanied by applicable fees, and evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant is licensed and in good standing as a music therapist in another jurisdiction where the qualifications required are equal to or greater than those required in this chapter at the date of application.

326-M:4  Music Therapists Governing Board; Duties.  In addition to the duties of a governing board under RSA 328-F:

I.  The board may facilitate the development of materials that the office of professional licensure and certification may utilize to educate the public concerning music therapist licensure, the benefits of music therapy, and utilization of music therapy by individuals and in facilities or institutional settings.

II.  The board may act as a facilitator of statewide dissemination of information between music therapists, the American Music Therapy Association or any successor organization, the Certification Board for Music Therapists or any successor organization, and the executive director.

III.  The executive director shall seek the advice of the board for issues related to the regulation of music therapists.

2  Allied Health Professionals; Definition; Governing Board.  Amend RSA 328-F:2, II to read as follows:

II.  “Governing boards” means individual licensing boards of athletic trainers, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, respiratory care practitioners, speech-language pathologists, [and] genetic counselors, and music therapists.

3  New Paragraph; Allied Health Professionals; Music Therapists.  Amend RSA 328-F:2 by inserting after paragraph X the following new paragraph:

XI.  “Music therapist” means music therapist as defined in RSA 326-M:1.

4  Governing Board; Establishment.  Amend RSA 328-F:3, I to read as follows:

I.  There shall be established governing boards of athletic trainers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, respiratory care practitioners, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, [and] genetic counselors, and music therapists.

5  New Paragraph; Music Therapists Governing Board; Appointment.  Amend RSA 328-F:4 by inserting after paragraph X the following new paragraph:

XI.  The music therapists governing board shall consist of 3 licensed music therapists, who have actively engaged in the practice of music therapy in this state for at least 2 years, one member who is a licensed health care provider who is not a music therapist, and one public member.  Initial appointment of professional members by the governor and council shall be qualified persons practicing music therapy in this state.  All subsequent appointments or reappointments shall require licensure.

6  Renewals; Reference to Music Therapists Added.  Amend RSA 328-F:19, I to read as follows:

I.  Initial licenses and renewals shall be valid for 2 years, except that timely and complete application for license renewal by eligible applicants shall continue the validity of the licenses being renewed until the governing board has acted on the renewal application.  Licenses issued pursuant to RSA 328-A, RSA 326-G, [and] RSA 326-J, and RSA 326-M shall expire in even-numbered years and licenses issued pursuant to RSA 326-C, RSA 326-E, RSA 326-F, and RSA 326-K shall expire in odd-numbered years.

7  Office of Professional Licensure and Certification; New Classified Position; Appropriation.

I.  One program assistant II position, labor grade 15, is hereby established as a classified position in the office of professional licensure and certification.

II.  The amount necessary to pay for the position established in paragraph I and for the per diem and travel reimbursement as required under RSA 328-F:6 for the music therapy governing board established in this act, which shall be in addition to any sums appropriated in 2019, 345:1, 01-21-21-215010-2406, for the division of health professions, is hereby appropriated to the executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification.  Salaries and necessary expenses shall be a charge against the office of professional licensure and certification fund established in RSA 310-A:1-e.

8  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.

 

LBAO

20-2067

Amended 3/24/20

 

HB 1286-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0927h)

 

AN ACT relative to the licensure and regulation of music therapists.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$11,000

$11,000

$11,000

   Expenditures

$0

$65,460

$68,460

$71,460

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Office of Professional Licensure and Certification Fund (RSA 310-A:1-e,I(b))

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill would require the licensure of persons engaged in music therapy beginning July 1, 2020 and establishes a 5 member governing board in the office of allied health professionals.  Although prohibited, there is no penalty established for the practice of music therapy without a license.

 

A new classified program assistant II position (labor grade 15) is established in the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification (OPLC) with the following salary and benefit cost: $60,000 for FY 2021, $63,000 for FY 2022 and $66,000 for FY 2023.  This additional salary and board members' per diem and travel expenses are funded with an appropriation from the OPLC Fund.

 

The proposed 5 member governing board would require the following annual reimbursement for per diem and mileage expenses:

 

5 members x 12 meetings x $50 per diem - $3,000

5 members x 12 meetings x $41 average mileage reimbursement = $2,460

 

The OPLC estimates approximately 200 individuals would need to be licensed in New Hampshire.  

 

Licenses would be renewed every two years and all allied health initial  licenses are currently set at $110 payable biennially.  This amount would yield license revenue of approximately $22,000 every 2 years ($110 x 200 licenses).

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Office of Professional Licensure and Certification

 

Links

HB1286 at GenCourtMobile
HB1286 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1286 Revision: 8405 Date: March 31, 2020, 3:34 p.m.
HB1286 Revision: 6886 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:56 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 16
Jan. 16, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/16/2020 01:00 pm LOB 306
Jan. 30, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/30/2020 11:00 am LOB 306
Feb. 12, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/12/2020 02:00 pm LOB 306
Feb. 25, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/25/2020 02:30 pm LOB 306
March 3, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 03/03/2020 09:45 am LOB 306
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 01:00 pm LOB 306
March 11, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0927h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 14-5; RC) HC 10 P. 55
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0927h (Vote 14-5; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
March 12, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0927h: AA VV 03/12/2020
March 12, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0927h: MA RC 182-125 03/12/2020
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8