An Act Concerning Music and Art Therapy has been forwarded by a state legislative committee for further consideration by the General Assembly.
The bill defines both music an art therapy, as well as music and art therapists. There are licensing provisions outlined in the bill, which was approved unanimously by the Public Health Committee on Monday. The application fee would be $315. The fee for a temporary permit will be $50.
The measure was co-sponsored by Newtown state Representative Mitch Bolinsky. 92 people submitted written testimony about the bill. Dozens of people attended the public hearing in Hartford on March 7th.
Bolinsky says this came to his attention by several constituents who are Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, an as yet unrecognized practice in Connecticut. One constituent is an art therapist who practices in Putnam County, where LCATs are approved and recognized.
He says this holistic approach to mental health is a recognized profession in many other states. Bolinsky said by licensing these professions, it will open up new possibilities for a population of people that can't be reached in traditional ways.