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(20 ILCS 5070/) Music Therapy Advisory Board Act.

20 ILCS 5070/1

    (20 ILCS 5070/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Music Therapy Advisory Board Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-397, eff. 1-1-16.)

20 ILCS 5070/5

    (20 ILCS 5070/5)
    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Board" means the Music Therapy Advisory Board.
    "Music therapist" means a person who is certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
    "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 credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. 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 term "music therapy" does not include the diagnosis or assessment of any physical, mental, or communication disorder.
    "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation or his or her designee.
(Source: P.A. 99-397, eff. 1-1-16.)

20 ILCS 5070/10

    (20 ILCS 5070/10)
    Sec. 10. Advisory board.
    (a) There is created the Music Therapy Advisory Board within the Department. The Board shall consist of 7 members appointed by the Secretary for a term of 2 years. The Secretary shall make the appointments to the Board within 90 days after the effective date of this Act. The members of the Board shall represent different racial and ethnic backgrounds, reasonably reflect the different geographic areas in Illinois, and have the qualifications as follows:
        (1) three members who currently serve as music
therapists in Illinois;
        (2) one member who represents the Department;
        (3) one member who is a licensed psychologist or
professional counselor in Illinois;
        (4) one member who is a licensed social worker in
Illinois; and
        (5) one representative of a community college,
university, or educational institution that provides training to music therapists.
    (b) The members of the Board shall select a chairperson from the members of the Board. The Board shall consult with additional experts as needed. Four members constitute a quorum. The Board shall hold its first meeting within 30 days after the appointment of members by the Secretary. Members of the Board shall serve without compensation. The Department shall provide administrative and staff support to the Board. The meetings of the Board are subject to the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.
    (c) The Board shall consider the core competencies of a music therapist, including skills and areas of knowledge that are essential to bringing about music therapy services to communities by qualified individuals. As relating to music therapy services, the core competencies for effective music therapists may include, but are not limited to:
        (1) materials to educate the public concerning music
therapist licensure;
        (2) the benefits of music therapy;
        (3) the utilization of music therapy by individuals
and in facilities or institutional settings;
        (4) culturally competent communication and care;
        (5) music therapy for behavior change;
        (6) support from the American Music Therapy
Association or any successor organization and the Certification Board for Music Therapists;
        (7) clinical training; and
        (8) education and continuing education requirements.
(Source: P.A. 99-397, eff. 1-1-16.)

20 ILCS 5070/15

    (20 ILCS 5070/15)
    Sec. 15. Report.
    (a) The Board shall develop a report with its recommendations regarding the certification process for music therapists. The report shall be completed no later than 12 months after the first meeting of the Board. The report shall be submitted to all members of the Board, the Secretary, the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The Department shall publish the report on its Internet website.
    (b) The report shall at a minimum include the following:
        (1) a summary of research regarding the best
practices, curriculum, and training programs for designing a certification program in this State for music therapists, including a consideration of a multi-tiered education or training system, statewide certification, non-certification degree-based levels of certification, support from the American Music Therapy Association and Certification Board for Music Therapists, and the requirements for experience-based certification;
        (2) recommendations regarding certification and
renewal process for music therapists and a system of approval and accreditation for curriculum and training;
        (3) recommendations for a proposed curriculum for
music therapists that ensures the content, methodology, development, and delivery of any proposed program is appropriately based on cultural, geographic, and other specialty needs and also reflects relevant responsibilities for music therapists; and
        (4) recommendations for best practices for
reimbursement options and pathways through which secure funding for music therapists may be obtained.
    (c) The Board shall advise the Department, the Governor, and the General Assembly on all matters that impact the effective work of music therapists.
(Source: P.A. 99-397, eff. 1-1-16.)