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Group aims to get music therapy licensure in Wyoming

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024   

Advocates in Wyoming trying to get music therapy licensure recognized in the state are hitting roadblocks.

Members of the Wyoming Music Therapy Task Force fielded questions last week from the state's Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee. Music therapy can help relieve anxiety, dementia and stroke symptoms, as well as aid people living with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Hilary Camino, chair of the Wyoming Music Therapy Task Force, told the committee she wants music to to be a protected title to increase access and so that practitioner qualifications are clear.

"We often work with vulnerable populations, people who cannot advocate for themselves. So it is very important that we know what we're doing when working with those very vulnerable populations in a clinical setting, " she said.

Camino, who is a practitioner herself, said she is given up to three referrals per week to provide music therapy services in a hospital setting and that there aren't enough providers to fulfill the need.

The committee asked questions about what kind of training practitioners need, what kind of funding licensure would require and under what state statute licensure would fall, before moving forward a bill draft for title protection.

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, supported the idea of licensure and also noted the idea moves what he says is "against the tide" of the current Legislature.

"The sense that I get from our colleagues, especially with some of the new groups out there, are the work is to lessen licensing across the field. I think that is going to be kind of a strong issue in the 2025 session," he explained.

Seventeen other states have enacted music therapy legislation and similar bills have been brought to other legislatures.


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