By Lee Ann Schutz
Lee McGrath, legislative counsel for the Institute for Justice, center, testifies in opposition to a bill sponsored by Rep. Jerry Newton, right, that would create music therapist licensure. University of Minnesota professor Edward Todd Schwartzberg, left, spoke in support of the bill. Photo by Andrew VonBank
Music can touch people in many ways, but when it is used as a form of therapy should there be more oversight and regulation of practitioners?
It is used in the treatment of autism, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and patients with mental health issues, and Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids sponsors
HF2366 that would lay out educational requirements, establish fees and create an advisory council to help establish standards for music therapy licensure and enforcement measures.
Newton told the House Subcommitee on Licensing that he’d like to see Minnesota become the eighth state to adopt licensing regulations.
No action was taken, but supporters hope the bill could become part of a larger omnibus bill in 2016.