Agency News

Limited Functionality of Website

As a courtesy, the Council has made its website available to the public prior to the scheduled transfer of regulatory programs (i.e., marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology, and social work) on September 1, 2020. As a result, members of the public may find limited information and functionality when attempting to use this website. If you are attempting to apply for or renew a license or file a complaint prior to September 1st, please consult the website for the relevant member board.

Upcoming Database Transition and the Impact on Applicants and Licensees

To facilitate the database transition to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, please note that the online licensing system for all boards, will be unavailable beginning August 16th through August 31st.

WHAT THIS MEANS

For all current TSBEP licensees, if your license will expire on or before to August 31,2020 or is currently delinquent, you will need to renew your license prior to August 14th  in order to avoid any late fees.  Late fees will not be waived.

For all current LPC, LMFT, and Social Work licensees, if your license will expire on or before August 31, 2020 or is currently expired, you will need to renew your license prior to August 14th. If you choose to renew by paper or coupon, renewal paperwork must be received in the PLCU office by August 14th in order to be timely processed and avoid any late fees.  Late fees will not be waived. Paper or coupon renewal applications received after this date will be returned, and you will have to renew online beginning September 1, 2020 and pay a late fee.

Beginning with LPC, LMFT, and Social Work licensees with expiration dates of March 31, 2021, per Council rule 882.40(c), LPC, LMFT, and Social Work licensees must undergo a fingerprint based criminal history check as a condition of renewal.  The instructions and forms needed to undergo a fingerprint based criminal history check will be made available on the Council’s Forms and Publications webpage.

Effective September 1, 2020 all license renewals, renewals of inactive status, and requests for inactive status must be submitted through the Council’s online licensing system. You can access this system on the Council’s website.  Additionally, requests for change of address and duplicate renewal permits may also be submitted through the online licensing system.

For all provisionally licensed psychologists, if your license is delinquent, you have one year from your expiration date to renew your license, and upon renewal your Provisional License will be converted to Licensed Psychologist with Provisional status.  You will get a new expiration date of August 31st, 2022 and you will receive a new renewal permit, but you will not receive a new wall license.  You will then have until August 31, 2022 to get your supervision hours and to submit your Request for License Issuance.  Otherwise your license with provisional status will expire.

For future TSBEP applicants, all paper applications must be received in the Board office by August 18, 2020.  Any applications received after that date will be returned to the applicant.  The applicant must then complete the new application form which will be published on the Council’s website, and submit the application with payment (if applicable).

For future LPC, LMFT, and Social Work applicants, all online initial applications must be submitted before August 15th and all paper initial applications and upgrades must be received in the PLCU office by August 14, 2020.  Any paper applications received after this date will be returned to the applicant.  The applicant may resubmit their application beginning September 1st.

For current applicants, your applications will continue to process as normal.  There is nothing you need to do at this time.

For Jurisprudence Exam requests from TSBEP applicants, all exam requests must be received in the Board office by August 18, 2020.  Any exam requests received after that date will be returned to the applicant.  The applicant must then follow the new exam process under the Council’s rules.

Action Plan on Licensing Backlog Affecting TSBSWE

In response to the backlog of applications pending before the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, the Council directed its Executive Director at the June 16, 2020 regular meeting to coordinate with HHSC PLCU staff to develop a plan to address the backlog. The Council directed that the plan specifically address three areas of concern related to the backlog. These areas consist of:

  1. Development and planning for revisions to the licensing process that will prevent or reduce the likelihood of future backlogs;
  2. Development and implementation of a plan to eliminate the existing backlog in the licensing process; and
  3. Development of a plan for ensuring continued timely licensing operations under current executive orders, as well as any reasonably foreseeable future amendments or expansion of those orders.

The Council held a special called meeting on July 28th to review and approve the action plan. The action plan can be viewed by clicking here.

Posted on August 10, 2020

Jurisprudence Examination will be offline on September 1, 2020

The Jurisprudence Examination will not be accessible by applicants or licensees from 12am to 12pm on September 1, 2020.  This scheduled downtime is necessary to ensure the successful migration of the examination from both HHSC and TSBEP to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.  Please plan accordingly.

Posted on August 7, 2020

LPC PROPOSED RULES — PUBLISHED JULY 17, 2020

LPC Board recommended and Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC Chapter 681

On May 15, 2020, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC Board) voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 681 to align with statutory amendments made by House Bill 1501, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) to Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 503 and 507. This legislation created the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Executive Council) and authorized the Executive Council to regulate marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. Sections 507.151 and 507.152 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize the Executive Council to administer and enforce Chapters 501, 502, 503, 505, and 507 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, as well as adopt rules as necessary to perform the Executive Council’s duties. On June 16, 2020, the Executive Council considered the LPC Board’s recommended changes and voted to publish proposed rules.

On July 17, 2020, the Executive Council’s proposed rules concerning Chapter 681 were published in the Texas Register [45 TexReg 4876], available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.

Call for Public Comment: Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Public Information Officer, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 2-450, Austin, Texas 78701, within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (512) 305-7701, or via email to Open.Records@tsbep.texas.gov.

Click the link below to view the Texas Register in HTML or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Posted on July 27, 2020

MFT PROPOSED RULES — PUBLISHED JULY 10, 2020

MFT Board recommended and Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC Chapter 801

On April 17, 2020, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT Board) voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801 to align with statutory amendments made by House Bill 1501, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) to Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 502 and 507. This legislation created the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Executive Council) and authorized the Executive Council to regulate marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. Sections 507.151 and 507.152 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize the Executive Council to administer and enforce Chapters 501, 502, 503, 505, and 507 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, as well as adopt rules as necessary to perform the Executive Council’s duties. On June 16, 2020, the Executive Council considered the MFT Board’s recommended changes and voted to publish proposed rules.

On July 10, 2020, the Executive Council’s proposed rules concerning Chapter 801 were published in the Texas Register [45 TexReg 4661], available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.

Call for Public Comment:
Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Public Information Officer, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 2-450, Austin, Texas 78701, within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (512) 305-7701, or via email to Open.Records@tsbep.texas.gov.

Click the link below to view the Texas Register in HTML or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Posted on July 22, 2020

COVID-19 Response for MFTs

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has created a process for the MFT Board to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes that may mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The MFT Board continues to monitor the situation.  If the MFT Board requests and the Governor grants a waiver, this site will be updated with that information.  The MFT Board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas.

Update 04/23/2020 – Governor Abbott issued Guidance Letter (GL) 20 – 5000, which temporarily waives board rule §801.58(d), which requires 15 hours of training before engaging in technology assisted services or supervision. The waiver is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020, disaster declaration is lifted or expires. See GL 20-5000.

Effective March 17, 2020: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules). OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please read the entire OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion.

MFT National Examination Candidates, please see the following sites for updates:
Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards’ (AMFTRB) Guidelines for taking the national exam during COVID-19 pandemic
Prometric.com’s Corona Virus Update, including site openings, test center policies, reschedule your exam, FAQ, and travel advisory
Professional Testing Corporation’s (PTC) Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted on July 22, 2020

PSYPACT E.Passport fees will be waived through December 31, 2020

The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded ASPPB federal funding to help provide support for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). As part of the 2020 funding, and in hopes of increasing access to mental health care services via telepsychology, the PSYPACT E.Passport application fee ($400) will be waived through December 31, 2020.

For more information about PSYPACT or how to apply for authority to practice under the compact, please visit www.psypact.org.

Posted on July 21, 2020

PSYPACT is now live!

The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) is an interstate compact designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries. Texas adopted PSYPACT in H.B. 1501 (86th Leg.).

PSYPACT is now fully operational and accepting applications for the practice of telepsychology and temporary in-person, face-to-face practice. For more information about the compact or how to apply for authority to practice under the compact, please visit www.psypact.org.

Posted on July 6, 2020