Statutes and Rules

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The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is the state agency authorized by state law to administer and enforce Chapters 501, 502, 503, 505, and 507 of the Occupations Code. The Council is authorized to adopt rules as necessary to administer and enforce these chapters.

Consolidated Rulebooks Available for Download (in PDF format):

As a courtesy to the public, agency staff have consolidated the various rules applicable to each profession into an easy-to-use rulebook available for download as a portable document format (PDF) file via the links below.

Consolidated Rulebook for Marriage and Family Therapy

Consolidated Rulebook for Professional Counseling

Consolidated Rulebook for Psychology

Consolidated Rulebook for Social Work

NOTE: While the Council makes every reasonable effort to update and maintain the accuracy of these rulebooks, due to the evolving nature of the law and limited time and resources, the rulebooks may not reflect the current state of the law.  You are cautioned against relying solely upon these rulebooks and urged to review the current rules which are available through the links below.  Morevoer, if a conflict exists between a rulebook and the rules published on the Secretary of State’s website, the version on the Secretary of State’s website shall control. Compliance with the law cannot be excused due to an outdated, mistaken, or erroneous reference in a rulebook.

Relevant Statutes:

Texas Constitution and Statutes

Chapters, 501, 502, 503, 505, and 507 of the Occupations Code

Relevant Administrative Rules:

The Council’s current rules are always available through the Texas Administrative Code, the links for which are set out below.

Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 22 TAC, Part 41, Chapters 881-885

Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, 22 TAC Part 35, Chapter 801

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, 22 TAC Part 30, Chapter 681

Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 22 TAC Part 21, Chapters 463, 465, and 470

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, 22 TAC Part 34, Chapter 781

Notification of Rulemaking and the Texas Register

The Council publishes all of its proposed, adopted, withdrawn and emergency rules in the Texas Register in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Any proposed, adopted, withdrawn or emergency rule action taken by the Council can be viewed online via the Texas Register.

Members of the public may also signup to receive email notifications when any rule actions taken by the Council are published in the Texas Register by clicking here.