Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Time for a little Political Action!

Dear Maryland Art Therapists,




As many of you know, a bill has been introduced to establish an art

therapy license in Maryland - the credential will be Licensed Clinical

Professional Art Therapist. It is currently being reviewed by the

House of Delegate’s Health and Government Operations Committee. The

bill essentially restructures the current MD Board of Counselors and

Therapists to also include Art Therapists. The qualifying exam would

be the ATCB Exam. This bill would introduce art therapy as a clinical,

Master’s level profession on par with counseling and marriage and

family therapy. It would also provide title protection for art

therapy.

This is a huge undertaking and the legislative committee needs your

support! On March 8 the legislative committee will be testifying in

support of this bill. If the committee doesn't vote to move it

forward, our effort is over for this legislative session. If you live

or work in the district of any of the committee members we need you to

contact your representative voicing your support. We will provide

guidance of how to do that, please take a minute though and check your

district and see if it matches with any of the delegates below.



If you are uncertain of your district, you can visit

http://mdelect.net/ At this point we are only interested in State

DELEGATES not Senators - both districts are listed.





Anne Arundel County, Districts 21, 31, 33B,

Baltimore City, Districts 40, 41

Baltimore County, Districts 5B, 8, 7, 10, 42 ,

Carroll County, Districts 4B, 5A, 9B

Charles County, District 28,

Frederick County, Districts 4B,

Harford County, Districts 7

Montgomery County, Districts 16, 19, 39,

Prince George’s County, Districts 21, 23A, 26

Washington County, Districts 2C



If you live or work in one of the above districts, please contact

LizHlavek@gmail.com. If you don’t, we might need you to contact your

state delegates a few weeks about voting when the bill reaches the

General Assembly. Let us know if you have any additional questions or

concerns. The legislative team greatly appreciates your support!

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