We are ecstatic to announce that Governor DeWine signed House Bill 33 last night, finally securing art therapy licensure in Ohio. This law is the commencement of the persistent and committed advocacy that Ohio art therapists have put forth over the span of several decades. Many, many thanks to everyone who has participated in these efforts - your input was valued and your voice was heard!
While we are elated and immensely proud of this accomplishment, we have a lot of work ahead. This is an incredibly important step for our field which has laid a regulatory foundation that we will continue to build upon. Licensure is the beginning of many possibilities for the community of Ohio art therapists and the people we serve.
We know you will have lots of questions about when/how this will take effect. Please review pages 73-74 of the synopsis, which highlights the majority of the information we currently have: HB 33 Art Therapy Synopsis.pdf
The BATA BOD is actively working to compile information for you and the public to make this transition comprehensible and supportive. Make sure to read upcoming BATA E-Blasts for updated information and opportunities to participate in various projects in the near future.
But for now - let's celebrate!
With pride and appreciation,
The BATA Board of Directors & Legislative Committee
BATA Legislative Awards
Art Therapy Advocate Award: The Batchelder Company
Art Therapy Advocate Award: Terri DiGennaro
State Representative Marlene Anielski Legislator of the Year Award: Allison Russo
Art Therapy Advocate Award: Sarah Carruthers
State Representative Marlene Anielski Legislator of the Year Award: Kenny Yuko
Art Therapy Advocate Award: Tina Husted
State Representative Marlene Anielski Legislator of the Year Award: Andrew Brenner
Art Therapy Advocate Award: Tim Ryan
State Representative Marlene Anielski Legislator of the Year Award: Marlene Anielski
Legislator of the Year Award: Nickie Antonio
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