Together with the American Music Therapy Association, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Music Therapy, and the Certification Board for Music Therapists, the Joint Task Force on Occupational Regulations tracks legislation that may impact the practice of music therapy and the ability of our clients to access our services.

The New Jersey State Task Force (NJSTF) is composed of professional music therapists who work in a variety of clinical settings and are committed to promoting music therapy and access to music therapy services in the state. With the support of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Music Therapy (MAR), the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), they work to implement the joint AMTA/CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan.

The goal of the State Recognition Operational Plan is to seek state recognition of the music therapy profession and the Music Therapist–Board Certified (MT-BC) credential, which is used to ensure that only qualified music therapists provide clinical services to the people of New Jersey. State recognition would increase access to music therapy services and further the availability of competent practice within the state. There are currently no state requirements in New Jersey to employ credentialed music therapists. NJSTF follows and responds as needed to legislative and policy issues concerning music therapy and related fields. They promote the profession and explore options for state recognition by connecting and dialoguing with New Jersey legislators.

NJSTF may be contacted through newjerseytaskforce@gmail.com if you would like to learn more about our work or if you would like to be involved in our advocacy efforts. We welcome concerned citizens, music therapists, students of music therapy, consumers, and care providers to contact us and share your experiences or concerns.

About Music Therapy in New Jersey
NJ music therapists provide clinical services to twenty-five populations: Abused/Sexually Abused, Alzheimer's Disease/Other Dementias, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Comatose, Developmental Disability, Dual Diagnosis, Early Intervention, Eating Disorder, Elderly Persons, Forensics, Hearing Impaired, Hospice/Palliative Care, Intellectually Disabled, Learning Disabilities, Medical/Surgical Patients, Mental Health/Psychiatric Care, Neurologic Impairments, Non-Disabled, Parkinson's Disease, Physical Impairments, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse.

Montclair State University offers both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in music therapy and, along with Pennsylvania universities Drexel, Immaculata, and Temple, oversees training of music therapy students in numerous clinical sites around New Jersey. These programs adhere to stringent standards of the AMTA and the CBMT involving achieving entry-level competencies in music, clinical and music therapy foundations; and 1200+ hours of supervised clinical training, including a supervised internship. After completion of these requirements, the student must pass the national board exam administered by the CBMT to receive the MT-BC credential. Research has shown that music therapy implemented by a qualified and credentialed music therapist has the potential to improve quality of life in many disorders