To all Drama Therapists, Dance/Movement Therapists, and Supporters: 

The NJ Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy Licensure Task Force is excited to announce that our Bill (A1220 / S675), which was conditionally vetoed by the governor, has been revised and approved to be placed for a vote in the Assembly on Monday June 10! 

Please help us move this important bill forward, by contacting your assemblyperson, and urge them to VOTE YES on Bill A1220/ S675, The Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act. 

There is no time to waste; we ask that you kindly do this TODAY! 

If you do not live in NJ, you can still contact ANY NJ LEGISLATORS, including those already working on this bill from the list below. Let them know that you are watching what happens in NJ closely, as it will be a model for other states as to how best to protect the consumer. 

Primary Sponsors:
John F. McKeon
Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Mila M. Jasey
Raj Mukherji
Christopher Bateman
Joseph F. Vitale 

Co Sponsors:
Gordon M. Johnson
Annette Chaparro
Reed Gusciora
Carol A. Murphy
Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr.
Robert M. Gordon
Brian P. Stack
M. Teresa Ruiz  

****We have supplied an email template below, for you to Copy and Paste to your Assembly person. Just fill in the blanks, and include your contact information as indicated. You can also call and personally ask your Assemblyperson to please VOTE YES on this bill.
 

Make the subject of your email: Please Vote Yes on Bill A1220/S675 on Monday! 

Dear____________, 

I am a ___________therapist, (or supporter of the bill) and I am writing to you regarding the importance of licensing dance/movement therapists and drama therapists in New Jersey.  I am a resident of ____________. 

It is my hope that you will vote YES when the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act (A1220/S675) comes up for a vote on Monday June 10th.

Drama therapists and dance/movement therapists are all Master’s level clinicians trained through graduate level academic courses, practicums, and clinical internships. Drama therapists and Dance/Movement therapists work with a wide range of populations, in a wide range of settings, including:  Veteran’s facilities, psychiatric and medical hospitals, substance abuse and addiction recovery programs, rehabilitation facilities, schools for children with special needs, hospice care, and nursing homes. 

This bill will license Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in NJ.  It will regulate these highly effective professions, in order to protect the public from untrained and unlicensed practitioners who might potentially do harm to consumers, many of whom are the most vulnerable citizens in the state. 

Thank you, in advance, for supporting the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act (A1220/S675), by voting YES, on June 10, 2019. 

Sincerely,
Your Name

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR LEGISLATORS

  1. Identify your legislative district.  Go to http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/districtnumbers.asp and locate your town or municipality on the legislative map. 
  2. Click on that district on the website and a list of all of your legislators will come up. 

Thank you for your patience, and ongoing support.
Together, we can make this happen! 

The NJ Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy Licensure Task Force

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