Saturday, September 3, 2011

Music Therapy in Texas Faces Cuts in Funding

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I started out doing music therapy in the Southwestern Region and continue to follow news out of that part of the country. They have been dealing with government budget cuts in Texas just like almost every other state. Unfortunately, this has meant some belt tightening for services to people with disabilities. The music therapists in Texas put up a strong front during the budget battle and music therapy did not get cut out of funding, but it looks like it will be reduced along with other related services. It is not surprising, with Rick Perry running for president, that this type of budget issue has now reached the national stage. The New York Times has the following story: For Disabled, Cuts Could Affect Lifelong Improvement. 

 It is more important than ever that music therapists use evidence-based practice to assess and treat clients. Future funding will depend on research driven proof that music therapy is a necessary and fundamental therapy in treating a wide range of disabilities.  

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