By Megumi Azekawa, MM, MT-BC, WA MT Task Force Co-Chair
As a result of ongoing state agency visits, we have some exciting updates on Medicaid Waiver coverage for music therapy in WA! Here is the nutshell:
1. DSHS DDA CIIBS Waiver (Children's Intensive In-home Behavioral Support)
1) Provider requirement will be "board certified music therapist with 2 years of the experience in the related population", instead of "a board certified music therapist with a master's degree and experience.
2) Music therapy will be as a part of Complimentary Therapy and the CIIBS waiver will possibly set up individual and group session fees.
3) Likely to require data collection and report on client(s)' progress on a quarterly basis.
4) This change will be effective on July 2019 and the CIIBS team is finalizing the contract right now.
2. DSHS ALTSA (Aging and Long-Term Support Administration) COPES Waiver
1) COPES Waiver (Community Options Program Entry) will include a board certified music therapist as a provider type for Client Training.
2) COPES Waiver covers approx. 40,000 residents in WA.
3) COPES Waiver team is finalizing the fee methodology and considering to set up both individual and group session rates.
4) This change will be effective on January 1, 2019.
Once we hear the final details of both waivers' amendments, we will surely share the information with you! We Task Force team is also planning to hold another Music Therapy Symposium in Spring 2019 to invite the COPES and CIIBS program managers to introduce these changes and find out how to become a Medicaid Waiver contractor under these waivers. Stay tuned!!
By Chloe Smith, Music Therapist Student, Seattle Pacific University
#1. Keep up to date with the Music Therapy Association of Washington and Washington Music Therapy Advocacy Task Force Facebook pages! Information is posted there and can help connect to others.
#2. Attend local advocacy events. We are planning a Hill Day for early 2019 – contact Chloe Smith or Natalie Shannon for more information. There is also a symposium this month!
#3. Attend national advocacy events. Sometimes, national/regional/state conference hosts a free advocacy workshops, CMTE courses for professionals.
#4. Send letters to your state representative! Contact Chloe Smith or Natalie Shannon for more information and/or help regarding what to say, timing, etc.
By Karla Hawley, M. Ed., MT-BC
Music therapists oftentimes encounter with a situation where music therapy is misrepresented. Below is the summary is what music therapy advocacy is and how the State Recognition Operation Plan has organized its strategy for increasing professional recognition in each state, including how to practice ethical and responsive approaches to handle misrepresentation of music therapy.
State Recognition Operational Plan
Advocacy Challenges: Points of Opposition
In order to resolve concerns, members of AMTA, CBMT, and Task Forces have:
So, as a professional who may come across what may seem as a transgression to the music therapy profession should first contact their state task force (email@example.com). From there the state task force will take action and if no satisfactory resolution is found then the western regional task force representative will be brought in to assist. If that doesn’t resolve the apparent transgression then the national task force will be included. During the process, the music therapist bringing their concern to awareness will be kept in the loop of progress.
Advocacy Ethics: Pre-emptive Ethical Practice & Responsiveness
1.1 The MT will perform only those duties for which he/she has been adequately
trained, not engaging outside his/her area of competence.
1.6 The MT respects the rights of others to hold values, attitudes, and opinions that
differ from his/her own.
2.1 The MT will strive for the highest standards in his/her work, offering the highest
quality of services to clients/students.
4.3 The MT will attempt to establish harmonious relations with members from other
professions and professional organizations and will not damage the professional
reputation or practice of others.
6.1 The MT will strive to increase public awareness of music therapy.