New Jersey State Task Force on Occupational Regulation

WHO ARE WE? 

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.  NJSTF is joined and supported by representatives of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Music Therapy (MAR-AMTA), and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). 

WHAT DO WE DO? 
NJSTF

  • tracks legislation that may impact the practice of music therapy and the ability of our clients to access our services;
  • responds as needed to legislative and policy issues concerning music therapy and related fields, and
  • is currently seeking NJ state recognition of the music therapy profession and the Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) credential as part of the joint AMTA/CBMT State Recognition Operational Plan.
WHY? 
  • To protect consumers by ensuring that only qualified music therapists provide clinical services to the people of New Jersey
  • To increase access to music therapy services for the people of New Jersey, and
  • To avoid confusion for healthcare facilities and the people of New Jersey regarding the difference between music therapists, music practitioners, music thanatologists and other non-music therapy musicians in healthcare.
  • There are currently no state requirements in New Jersey to employ credentialed music therapists.
Contact Us 

For the latest information about NJSTF activity, click here. To learn more about our work or if you would like to be involved in our advocacy efforts contact NJSTF newjerseytaskforce@gmail.com. We welcome concerned citizens, music therapists, students of music therapy, consumers, and care providers to contact us to share your experiences or concerns.