The Party Of Limited Government…

…just passed a bill to license and regulate the 100 +/- people who practice “music therapy” in the State of Georgia.

Sleep easy tonight folks. All of Georgia’s problems are now solved.

Unless of course you picked this week to stop sniffing glue.


  1. CobbGOPer says:

    I know you’re being facetious, but you realize the real motive behind this, right?


    Any way they can get it. That’s what all these “licensing boards” are about, finding an easily identifiable group of professionals that the state can then levy extra taxes on… oh, excuse me, “licensing fee,” not a tax.

    • Baker says:

      Don’t forget the effort by the already practicing “music therapists” to limit future competition.

      Reading that Aug Chron article, I could see them providing an actual great service (for developmental disabilities, autism, etc.), but licensing them? Gimmie a break.

      • CobbGOPer says:

        Also, anything to do with kids, or potentially having to do with kids, is ripe for the government to swoop in and start throwing its weight around, because, you know, it’s for the kids.

        As Boortz says, that’s the single best excuse the government has to do anything, and get away with it.

  2. SallyForth says:

    Nah, CobbGOPer, these moves to be licensed generally come from a particular profession or trade that wants to elevate their status and cut out competition from “unlicensed” people who do the same thing. You were right about the $$$$$$ part, but it’s for the profession involved, not the state. Setting up a board and a new bureaucracy for regulating and issuing licenses actually costs the state and taxpayers like you and me.

    • saltycracker says:

      Imagine it is about insurance coverage. For fun, just chart the musical medicaid claims when that happens.

    • CobbGOPer says:

      Well, I’m also against businesses using the government as a tool to limit their competition.

  3. gaexaminer says:

    Oh, thank goodness. I’ve been tossing and turning, losing hours and hours of sleep over this.

    Now I can return to watching movies about gladiators.

  4. dorian says:

    I for one am glad to see this legislation pass. For far too long the music therapists have clouded their mysterious ways in mystery. Who decides if Nirvana is appropriate? Or Madonna? Or Jay Z? Think of the poor innocent children! Yes, the children. They are who we desperately need these standards for. A whole generation could be lost without regulation. There would no doubt be wars, plagues, droughts, dogs and cats living together. In short, society would turn on itself. One reporter called it “higgledy piggledy”. Thank god for our legislatures taking the initiative in these desperate economic times and cracking down on and forcing regulation on these maverick small businesses.

  5. oldman45 says:

    Seriuosly??? Where’s the less government in this? Dems or Reps…it’s all about bigger government.

  6. saltycracker says:

    speaking of music therapy-
    Lionel Ritchie came out with a new album this week – Tuskegee
    Duets with country western singers + All Night Long with Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers

    OMG, I’m healed !

        • elfiii says:

          Some Buffet, cold beers, and oysters on the half shell will cure every disease known to mankind, disolve warts, and put hair back on your head. You don’t need a license to prescribe that. You just have to have the common sense to do it.

  7. GeorgeJ says:

    GA SB 414 for music therapy licensure does not support the use of a licensing board, self regulates through the American Music Therapy Association, and the Certification Board for Music Therapists, and is a cost neutral bill. The licensing fees that come into the state will more than pay for the low cost of processing applications. Regulations will be facilitated by a volunteer advisory board. For more information on music therapy check out

    With 60 years of clinical history in the U.S., Music Therapy currently receives
    national recognition in the following ways:
    • The United States Code lists music therapy as a disease prevention and health promotion
    service and as a supportive service under Title 42: The Public Health and Welfare;
    Chapter 35: Programs For Older Americans; Subchapters I and III.
    • Music therapy is listed under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
    (HCPCS) Code G0176 for billing Medicare in Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP).
    • Music therapy has a Procedure Code of 93.84 in the International Classification of
    Diseases-9th Revision Manual (ICD-9) used in reimbursement.
    • Music therapy is listed on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule
    621-047—Counseling Related Services
    • Music therapists are eligible to apply for the National Provider Identifier system for
    billing under taxonomy code 225A00000X, which is included in the category of
    “Respiratory, Developmental, Rehabilitative and Restorative Service Providers”.
    • Music therapy can be a Medicare covered service in In-Patient Rehabilitation Facilities
    (IRFs). Clarification included in Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 151 / Friday, August 7,
    2009 / Part III, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare &
    Medicaid Services, 42 CFR Part 412 Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility
    Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2010; Final Rule, page 39794.
    • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center on Complementary and
    Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) website defines complementary and alternative
    medicine. Music therapy is included under Mind-Body Interventions.
    • Music therapy is a related service under IDEA and can be included on IEPs if found
    necessary for a child to benefit from his/her special education program.
    • The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
    (CARF) recognize music therapists as qualified individuals who may provide services
    within accredited facilities.

    Right now music therapists in Georgia are working in Oncology and Rehab at Children’s healthcare of Atlanta, Alzheimer’s and Adult Pysch at Emory, and Adult Psych at Georgia Regional Hospital. They are working in Hospice and Palliative Care facilities, NICU’s, and memory care facilities across the state. In addition, the Fulton County School system has the largest music therapy department in a school system in the country. Many more music therapists are in successful private practices co-treating with physical and occupational therapists, and speech language-pathologists. Music Therapy research has been published for the last 60 years in countless medical, nursing, psychology, and allied health professional journals including the Journal of Music Therapy. I would personally suggest that the music therapist that is working on rhythmic entrainment during gait training for your dad who just had a stroke, be required to have some clinical training.

    Lastly, music therapists have no opportunity to make more money with the passage of this bill. Many insurance companies do cover music therapy, and have for years. If anything, this bill opens the first of many doors to music therapists being able to become “in-network providers” which saves money for the consumer.

    • Cassandra says:

      Thank YOU, GeorgeJ.

      There is a medic tent outside so that the Luddites can bandage their scraped knuckles….

    • CobbGOPer says:

      Ah, so it is in fact a move by already established “music therapists” to limit competition by forcing other so-called “music therapists” to get a license.

      So if it’s not costing us any money, and it’s not a ploy by the General Assembly to tax people by other means… Who cares?

      • RCA says:

        Like any other profession, licensure for music therapists ensures that the person is qualified and competent to provide the service. As GeorgeJ said, “I would personally suggest that the music therapist that is working on rhythmic entrainment during gait training for your dad who just had a stroke, be required to have some clinical training.” I completely agree….if I wouldn’t trust someone that isn’t licensed to cut my hair, then I certainly want the person working with my my dad in rehab to be qualified to do the job that he/she says she can do.

        • Charlie says:

          Please be sure to check and make sure your cosmotologist is current with his/her license after March 31. We’d hate for you to get a bad haircut because the state didn’t get a renewal fee:

          Secretary of State Kemp Reminds Licensed Master Cosmetologists of the March 31 License Renewal Deadline and New Renewal Requirements

          Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today reminded licensed master cosmetologists that the license expiration date is Saturday, March 31, 2012, and that renewal applications sent by mail must be postmarked by that date.

          Secretary Kemp also reminded licensed master cosmetologists that as of January 1, 2012, Georgia law requires all those applying for renewal of an existing license to submit secure and verifiable documentation with their application. This provision also applies to all license applicants. The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology (the “Board”) will place a hold on all renewal applications that do not include an acceptable secure and verifiable document, and the license will be considered expired until the documentation is submitted for review. Master cosmetologists who practice with an expired license will be subject to fines in the amount of $300.

          Examples of secure and verifiable documentation include driver’s license, U.S. passport or green card. A complete list of the acceptable secure and verifiable documents can be found on the Professional Licensing Boards Division website at

          To complete the renewal process, a master cosmetologist may fax a copy of one of the approved documents to the Board office at 866-888-1176, or mail it to the Board office at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217. Renewal applicants must print their name and professional license number on any documents submitted to the Board. Once the document is reviewed and approved, the renewal will be completed, any holds will be removed, and the updated license with the new expiration date will be mailed to the mailing address on record. The next licensee expiration date will be March 31, 2014.

          The Board is not requesting copies of the licensee’s continuing education certificate unless the licensee has been selected for an audit. Please do not submit copies of continuing education certificates unless the Board requests them.

          License renewal applications that are postmarked by the March 31, 2012 deadline but do not include an acceptable secure and verifiable document will go into Renewal Pending status. Licenses will be considered lapsed on September 30, 2012 if the renewal is not completed. Master cosmetologists who practice with a lapsed license will be subject to fines in the amount of $500.

          In November 2011, PLB issued the first of ten notices to licensed master cosmetologists as part of and outreach and education campaign to inform and remind licensees about the date, processes and requirements for license renewal.

          Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.

  8. CobbGOPer says:

    The key passage:

    “The Board is not requesting copies of the licensee’s continuing education certificate unless the licensee has been selected for an audit. Please do not submit copies of continuing education certificates unless the Board requests them.”

    In other words, they have no idea whether you’ve continued to maintain your qualifications and don’t really care unless they select you for an audit. I would venture that the process is similar with many other “licensing boards.” So long as they get their money, I guess…

    • elfiii says:

      @ CobbGOPer “I would venture that the process is similar with many other “licensing boards.” So long as they get their money, I guess…”

      It is precisely the same. As a CPA, I get the same thing – don’t send in proof of your CPE unless we select you for audit.

      I have never been selected for an audit. I still make sure I complete all of the required continuing education on time as required. He who doesn’t runs too great a risk.

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