Accessible and Affordable Art Therapy Services in South Carolina

Accessible and Affordable Art Therapy Services in South Carolina

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Katie Hinson started this petition to Senator Lindsey Graham and

The South Carolina Association of Art Therapists (SCAAT) is actively fighting for title recognition in the state. Your support and attention to a state art therapy license is greatly appreciated and vital for the health, safety, and well-being of residents.

Why do Art Therapists Need a License in South Carolina?

  • Protect the public by ensuring that those in need of art therapy services receive them from qualified, trained professionals who meet the approved training, educational, and credentialing requirements
  • Increase affordable access to mental health services by providing a distinct service and reimbursement code under public and private insurance for licensed art therapists
  • Attract and retain qualified art therapy professionals and art therapy students in South Carolina
  • Contribute to the economy of the state through expansion of art therapists’ businesses and practices, increased employment, payment of taxes, and state licensure and renewal fees.​

​State Licensure of Professional Art Therapists Will Support the Assessment and Treatment for:

  • ​Veterans, active duty military, and their families who are experiencing mental health problems, including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and increasing rates of suicide
  • Individuals seeking recovery from addiction who need alternative ways to identify and overcome the causes and holistic impact of their substance dependence
  • The growing numbers of older adults with dementia and depression.
  • People of all ages in the healthcare setting who need complimentary therapies to increase quality of life and cope with diagnosis, treatment, and symptoms
  • Individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities (i.e., autism) who need specially trained and qualified therapists.
  • Those experiencing trauma from natural disasters, abuse, and/or other mental health problems in the general population
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