The Association for Indiana Music Therapy shared with us today that: Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today vetoed HEA 1242 requiring licenses for diabetes educators and SEA 273, which created a license requirement for anesthesiologist assistants and dietitians, as well as state certification for music therapists.

“Lower taxes and less regulation, including fewer licensing requirements, will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “I am vetoing these licensing bills because I believe they create barriers to the marketplace for Hoosiers and restrict competition.”

Over the last ten years, licensing has exploded in Indiana. In 2004 approximately 340,000 Hoosiers held a professional license. Today there are more than 470,000, representing a 38 percent increase. Indiana’s population has increased seven percent in that same time period.

“I have been willing to sign licensing legislation that opens new opportunities for employment or streamlines existing practices and procedures, and I will continue to do so,” said Pence. “However, the bills that I am vetoing today do not meet that standard.”

In this session, Governor Pence proposed restructuring the existing Regulated Occupation Evaluation Committee to reduce artificial barriers to employment. The new ERASER Committee would have helped reform licensing in Indiana by performing a “sunrise” review of new occupational license legislation. Further, it would have established a process to automatically sunset unnecessary licenses, permits and certifications.

“I will continue to work with members of the General Assembly as we pursue efforts to reduce red tape and reform licensing in Indiana, because less regulation will mean more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Pence.

We have been instructed to contact to voice our concerns and disappointment with this decision.

Susie Spar

Director of Constituent Services for Governor Mike Pence


As a waiver provider we will continue to guarantee that all music therapists employed at our agency are board certified music therapist, not only because it is a 460 IAC requirement but because it is imperative that music therapy services be offered by a trained and experienced professional.

Your Invited to Beauty and the Beast


The Music Therapists at Ferraro Behavior Services cordially invite you to Beauty and the Beast

Video Invitation click the link below:

Beauty and the Beast Invitation

The program will be signed for individuals with hearing impairments. Feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested. Thanks

When: May 31, 2013 6:30pm Where:Peace United Church of Christ

Performer arrive by: 6:15pm 9123 Aboite Center Road

Doors open at: 6pm Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Admission is FREE but donations for the DSANI Buddy Walk and Walk Now for Autism Speaks are welcomed. Tickets can be picked up at the Box Office which opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

For ticket reservations or more information please contact: Heather Palmer, MT-BC 260.437.1827


SB 273, Professions and Occupations


SB 273, Professions and Occupations

The House Bill 1051 has moved on to the Senate for continued review and approval. On April 17 music therapy language in the house bill was voted on and the amendment passed with 82 Yeas. The bill is now in conference committee before if will go up for a vote in the senate. Here is a clip from the changes to the amendment which was recently passed. It is often that you see the house members singing out the request and changes. Rep. Crouch Serenades the House of Representatives


Indiana Music Therapy Day


The Honorable Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, proclaims April 20, 2013, as Indiana Music Therapy Day.

This proclamation is intended to inform the residents of Indiana of the availability and benefits of music therapy.

WHEREAS, Indiana residents benefit from music therapy through improvements in many areas including communication, cognition, motor, emotional, and social skills; and

WHEREAS, music therapy is accessible in Indiana hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing facilities, hospice centers, day programs, private music therapy practices and schools; and

WHEREAS, music therapy degrees of undergraduate and graduate levels are offered in four Indiana colleges/universities; and

WHEREAS, on April 20, 2013, the Association for Indiana Music Therapy and the University of Evansville will hold the annual spring presentations, where professional music therapists and music therapy students will attend sessions for professional growth.


A Special Thanks!


Spiece Fitness should be recognized as an organization who values diversity and those who are challenged with developmental dissabilities. Spiece Fitness was the only organization who was willing to be flexible in accomodating our clients and giving FBS speical pricing options so that all of our clients can benefit from the use of the facility. It has been extremely helpful for our recreational therapists who utilize the facility to help our disabled individuals with motor skill developement and range of mostion issues. Some of our clients just experience happier lifestyle due to being acitive. I would highly recommend Spiece Fitness to anyone if you are considering joining. Its good to know that there are some business owner's out there who care about community and have principles that go far beyond making a profit.


James Ferraro

Business Owner

Ferraro Behavior Services, LLC

Spiece Fitness


Help Us Protect Recreation Therapy: Call to Action!!!!!


Fellow Recreation Therapists, Recreation Therapy Students, Indiana Recreation Therapy Educators, Parents with children with Special Needs, Music Therapists, Behavior Consultants, and Case Managers, and supportive Colleagues from related disciplines.

We need your help!!!

The Recreation Therapists of Indiana State Public Policy team just discovered that the Occupational Therapists (OT's) are attempting to get an amendment passed which would re-define the definition of OT in the state of Indiana. This revised definition INFRINGES ON THE SCOPE OF RECREATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE!!!

It was discovered TODAY that the Occupational Therapists have put forth a bill that passed through the House that re-defines the scope of OT practice!!!!

We are targeting the following Senators who serve on this committee for immediate action!!!!!! However you can still contact Senators in your services area to inform them of the issues related to HB1152. If you are unsure of who your senator is you may follow the link listed below:

Senate Committee on Health and Provider Relations

Vaneta Becker
Rodric Bray
Ron Grooms
Jean Leising
Pete Miller
Ryan Mishler
Jean Breaux
Frank Mrvan
Mark Stoops
Greg Taylor

House Bill (HB) 1152 bill currently states:

Occupational therapy services means services that are provided to promote health and wellness, prevent disability, preserve functional capabilities, prevent barriers for occupational performance from occurring, and enable or improve performance in everyday activities, including services that do the following:

(1) Establish, remediate, or restore a skill or ability that is impaired or not yet developed. Occupational therapy services include identifying speech, language, and hearing that is developed bit does not include the remediation of these skill and abilities.

(2) Modify or adapt a person or an activity or environment of a person or compensate for a loss of a person’s functions.

(3) Evaluate factors that affect daily living activities, instrumental activities of daily living, and other activities relating to work, play, leisure, education, and social participation. These factors may include body functions, body structure, habits, routines, role performance, ehavior patterns, sensory motor skills, cognitive skills, communication and interaction skills, and cultural, physical, psychosocial, spiritual, developmental, environmental, and socioeconomic contexts and activities that affect performance.

(4)Perform interventions and procedures relating to the factors described in subdivision (3), including the following:

a. Task analysis and therapeutic use of occupations, exercises and activities.

b. Education and training in self-care, self-management, home management, and community or work reintegration.

The highlighted information above is an INFRINGEMENT OF THE SCOPE OF RECREATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOW is the time to act!!!! Call your Senator TODAY and tell them YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT and you are OPPOSED TO THIS BILL AND YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE AGAINST IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can also tell them that in the event this language stays as is, it will impact over 350 Recreational Therapists in the state of Indiana!!!

*Ask your friends and family to also call and express their concern and ask the Senator to vote against this bill!!! The more calls, the more the Senators will be aware of the seriousness of this bill and the impact to our profession!

I have included a sample phone/email script to use when calling/emailing your senators. Dial 317-232-9400 or 800-382-9467

Ask for your Senator’s office.

When you are connected to the Senator’s office, ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant if possible. If they are not available, ask to leave a message for them.

You can read the following to them!!

“Hello, my name is________ and I am a constituent of Senator _________ and I am calling regarding House bill 1152 that will be heard by the Health and Provider Relations committee in a couple of weeks and could soon come to the Senate floor for a vote. I am a arent/therapists/colleage/recreation therapy student/Nationally Certified Recreational Therapist and am a member of
Recreational Therapists of Indiana. The bill I am calling about includes an amendment to Indiana Code that changes the definition of Occupational Therapy. Unfortunately this new definition infringes on the scope of practice for Recreational Therapy and I am asking for you to vote against this bill. The definition listed in Section 2, point 3 includes the words “play and leisure” which is what a Recreational Therapist specializes in. We would like to see these words deleted from this section OR see a statement added that states “This definition of Occupational Therapy DOES NOT preclude the practice of Recreational Therapy. I thank you for your time and attention to this matter, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ______.”

***If they ask, you are one of over 300 Recreational Therapists that this could have an impact on. Thank you for your Support!


Help Us Advocate for Music Therapy!!!


Fellow Music Therapists, Music Therapy Students, Indiana Music Therapy Educators, Parents of children with special needs, Recreation Therapists, Behavior Consultants, Case Managers, and supportive Colleagues from related disciplines:

House Bill 1051 is headed to the Indiana Senate!! This bill focuses on recognizing music therapy as a health profession with services provided only by a trained professional. This bill will ensure that music therapy services are not being provided throughout the state of Indiana by anyone who is not a Music Therapist- Board Certified.

This bill, authored by Rep Suzanne Crouch of District 78 (Evansville), passed through the House Committee with UNANIMOUS support and then through the full House with a vote of 80-14 on January 29th!

This bill is now set to move to the Senate very soon. Senator Veneta Becker will be sponsoring the bill in the Senate. We need YOUR HELP to educate the other Indiana Senators about this bill and the field of music therapy. We need your help to get the word out!

If you would like to help us ensure that music therapy services are recognized in the state of Indiana as only being provided by a Board Certified music therapist you can contact your senator today and ask them to VOTE YES for House Bill 1051. You can find out who your legislator is and their contact information at the link below.

To find your legislator, go to this
link... Locate State Senator

Thank You for your help and assistance in helping music therapy become a recognized health profession in Indiana!!!


Spring Musical 2013


Ferraro Behavior Services in hosting its second annaul musical production. This spring will be hosting Beauty and the Beast showcasing the talents and abilities our amazing clients with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Each one of our performers has been working very hard throughout the year to improve their overall communication, enunciation, social, and motor skills through the use of music therapy. The musical has been adapted to meet their individual needs by slowing down the music with the live pit orchestra. These individuals can relate to the classic story of Beauty and the Beast where they may look or feel different based on their disability but when one can get past the outward diagnosis and find the person within much like the beast in the story.

Please join us on their magical journey!!!

When: May 31, 2013 6:30pm Where: Peace United Church of Christ
Performer arrive by: 6:15pm 9123 Aboite Center Road
Doors open at: 6pm Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Admission is FREE but donations for the DSANI Buddy Walk and Walk Now for Autism Speaks are welcomed. Tickets can be picked up at the Box Office which opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. You may reserve your tickets in advance to be collected at the box office 30 minutes prior to the show.

For more information or ticket reservations please contact: Heather Palmer, MT-BC 260.437.1827


Walks 2012


I would like to thank all of our Therapists, Behavior Consultants, Clients, and Sponsors who donated of their time and/or money to raise awareness for Down's Syndrome and Autism. The DSANI Buddy Walk was held on October 6 and the Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held on October 13. Both events showcased how together we can help find a cure or increase treatment options for both Down's Syndrome and Autism by working together to help these amazing find the answers and the resources that they need to be successful. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be part of such amazing events. We look forward to next year's walks. ~ Heather