5. Music Therapy Advocacy: Judy Simpson, MT-BC (part 1)

In this episode, Judy and Tricia discuss Judy’s experiences as a clinician and as an AMTA administrator. Judy also shares about finding therapists for her own daughter and what she looked for in a therapist as a parent.

Judy Simpson, AMTA Director of Government Relations, represents the music therapy profession with legislators, agencies, and coalitions on the state and federal level. For the last 13 years, Judy has led AMTA’s national state recognition initiative in collaboration with Certification Board for Music Therapists’ Regulatory Affairs Advisor, Dena Register and Regulatory Affairs Associate, Kimberly Sena Moore. She has presented and participated in advocacy trainings and events in 26 states and has contributed to legislative and regulatory language in 40 states. In addition to her government relations work, Judy is also responsible for providing reimbursement guidance to AMTA members and music therapy consumers. She holds the professional designation of “Managed Healthcare Professional” from America’s Health Insurance Plans, (AHIP) and is the co-author of “Music Therapy Reimbursement: Best Practices and Procedures”. Prior to her work with AMTA, Judy’s 17 years of clinical experience as a board certified music therapist involved developing music therapy programs in hospital settings, including physical rehabilitation, oncology, labor and delivery, psychiatry, ICU, and general medicine.

Email: simpson@musictherapy.org

National Office phone: 301-589-3300

Judy’s ext. 105

Advocacy resources (toolkit)

Rebecca Preddie, BA: preddie@musictherapy.org

Rebecca’s ext. 108

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