Are there ways to cover the cost of music therapy sessions?
Music therapy is not usually covered by health care and extended health care plans. There are some exceptions, such as Worksafe BC, ICBC and funding for autism.
MTABC is part of the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation in BC. This group is lobbying the BC government for music therapists and other counselors and therapists to be regulated under the Health Professions Act. Once this is approved, it is anticipated that music therapy services will be approved under private insurance plans.
Funding for children with Autism- AFU
The Ministry of Children and Family Development (Autism Funding Unit) will give block funding to parents/guardians, which can cover music therapy for children ages six to nineteen years. Music therapy is called an Autism Related Intervention. The family submits a request to the ministry for music therapy- under ET Music Therapy. ET Music Therapy then invoices the ministry directly, on a monthly basis. At this time, this service ends when the child reaches the age of nineteen years. For further questions, contact the Autism Funds Processing Unit at 1-877-777-3530.
Other possible sources of funding
Some special needs children may apply for funding through CKNW Kids Fund, Self Design, TLA Online, and President's Choice, who have been known to fund music therapy. Clients and families usually complete these applications from these organizations/ funding sources. Upon request, ET Music Therapy will provide a "letter of request for treatment/ quote" to supplement applications.
Music Heals & Bikers For Autism Financial Aid Program:
Thanks to the generous support of Music Helas and Bikers For Autism, we have a financial Aid program available for those who receive services at the Pacific Autism Family Network. Please fill out the “Contact Us” area to receive an application form. http://www.mtabc.com/page.php?19
ET Music Therapy's Partnerships in the Community: