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Sample Advocacy Letter

Sample Advocacy Letter

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DATE State Legislator NameAddress 
Dear 
Representative/Senator/Assemblyman NAME
: Thank you for 
***fill in the blank***list something you like about this rep and what he/shesupports, preferably something in healthcare or education***.
As a music therapist in your district, I understand the importance of providing services for ***.Many of your constituents currently benefit from music therapy services. With over 
NUMBER  
music therapists in
STATE
providing a variety of services in facilities such as nursing homes,schools, hospitals, hospices, group homes, pre-schools, and adult day programs, music therapyaddresses a variety of goals. These goals can include decreasing anxiety prior to surgery,improving social skills in a group home, or engaging in life review in a hospice setting. Many of the parents of clients see the benefits of music therapy for their children. A music therapist mayassist a child learn to tell time, count money, or improve communication using music as the tool.As an allied health profession, recognized by the National Institutes of Health, music therapistsmust earn a bachelor’s degree or higher in music therapy from one of over 70 American MusicTherapy Association (AMTA) approved colleges and universities which includes 1,200 hoursof clinical training. At the completion of academic and clinical training, students are eligibleto take the national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists(CBMT), an independent, non-profit certifying agency fully accredited by the NationalCommission for Certifying Agencies. After successful completion of the CBMT examination,graduates are issued the credential necessary for professional practice, Music Therapist-BoardCertified (MT-BC).The music therapists in
STATE
have formed a task force to pursue state recognition of the profession and the board certification required for practice. We understand the importance of obtaining official state recognition in order to increase access to services for the citizens of our state.(Give example of current state recognition if it exists) i.e.,
Although the STATE statepersonnel system recognized music therapists and other arts therapists working in statefacilities in 1981 through creation of a Creative/Expressive Arts position series, we areseeking support for more formal inclusion in the state’s occupational listings. 
I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you in more detail about the benefits of musictherapy for 
STATE 
residents and to seek your recommendations on how best to proceed withachieving state recognition for music therapy. If your schedule permits, I would like to inviteyou to visit *** and observe music therapy in action. Thank you for your time and attention. I look forward to meeting you in the near future.Sincerely, 
Your name and address, phone, email 

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