Board News

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1, 2021

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

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §§681.2, 681.91, and 681.93. On August 24, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council considered the LPC Board’s recommended changes and approved publication of proposed rules.

On October 1, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register.

Call for Public Comment Within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register, comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701 or via email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.

Posted October 1, 2021

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED OCTOBER 1, 2021

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC, Chapters 882, 884, and 885

On August 24, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Council) voted to publish proposed changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §§882.37, 882.70, 884.4 and 885.1, concerning COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Prohibited, Emergency Temporary License, Special Requirements for Complaints Alleging Violations Related to Court-ordered Therapy or Parenting Facilitator Services, and Executive Council Fees, respectively.

On October 1, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 6500] with call for public comments.

Request for Public Comments
Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701 or by email to rules@bhec.texas.gov. The deadline for receipt of comments is 5:00 p.m., Central Time, on October 31, 2021, which is at least 30 days from the date of publication in the Texas Register.

Posted on October 1, 2021

NEW RULES – 22 TAC CHAPTERS 881, 882, AND 885
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 19, 2021

Executive Council published adopted rules in 22 TAC Chapters 881, 882, and 885

On May 4, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to publish proposed rule changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, §§881.21, 882.11, and 885.1, concerning Petition for Rulemaking, Applicants with Foreign Degrees and Executive Council Fees, respectively.

On June 18, 2021, Executive Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 3696]. Public comment was reviewed by the Executive Council on August 24, 2021, and the Executive Council adopted rules as proposed.

On September 17, 2021, adopted rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 6262], effective September 19, 2021. On and after September 19, 2021 these new rules will be available on the Texas Secretary of State’s webpage for 22 TAC Part 41.

Updated Consolidated Rulebooks will soon be available on the Executive Council’s Statutes and Rules webpage.

Subscription to email updates from the Executive Council and the member boards may be entered via the Executive Council’s Email Updates webpage. Members of the public may also sign-up to receive email notification of any rule action taken by the Executive Council as published in the Texas Register via the Texas Secretary of State’s Subscription Formats and Options webpage.

Posted on September 17, 2021.

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED AUGUST 13, 2021

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC, Chapter 883

On May 4, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Council) voted to publish proposed changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §883.1, concerning Renewal of a License.

On June 18, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 3696]. Effective August 2, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were withdrawn [46 TexReg 5013]. And on August 13, 2021, the Council’s revised proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 4973]

Call for Public Comment
Within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register, comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701 or via email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.

Posted on August 26, 2021

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED JUNE 18, 2021

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

On February 12, 2021, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §§681.2, 681.41, 681.72, 681.73, 681.82. 681.93, 681.114, and 681.205. On May 4, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council considered the LPC Board’s recommended changes and approved publication of proposed rules.

On June 18, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register.

Call for Public Comment
Within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register, comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701 or via email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.

Posted June 18, 2021

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED JUNE 18, 2021

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC, Chapters 881, 882, 883, and 885

On May 4, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Council) voted to publish proposed changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §§881.21, 882.11, 883.1, and 885.1, concerning Petition for Rulemaking, Applicants with Foreign Degrees, Renewal of a License, and Executive Council Fees, respectively.

On June 18, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 3696].

Call for Public Comment
Within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register, comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-900, Austin, Texas 78701 or via email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.

Posted on June 18, 2021

NEW RULES –
22 TAC CHAPTER 882, EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2021

Executive Council published adopted rules regarding 22 TAC Chapter 882

On January 12, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to publish proposed rule changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, §§882.21 and 882.50, concerning License Statuses and Continuing Education and Audits, respectively.

On February 19, 2021, the Executive Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 1181]. Public comment was reviewed by the Executive Council on May 4, 2021, and the Executive Council adopted rules as proposed.

On May 28, 2021, adopted rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 3414], effective June 1, 2021. On and after May 28, 2021 these new rules will be available on the Texas Secretary of State’s webpage for 22 TAC Part 41.

Updated Consolidated Rulebooks will soon be available on the Executive Council’s Statutes and Rules webpage.

Subscription to email updates from the Executive Council and the member boards may be entered via the Email Updates form at the bottom of the Executive Council’s homepage. Members of the public may also sign-up to receive email notification of any rule action taken by the Executive Council as published in the Texas Register via the Texas Secretary of State’s Subscription Formats and Options webpage.

Posted on May 28, 2021.

Board Meeting Announcement

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors will virtually hold a Full Board Meeting on Friday, May 7th at 9am. To view the agenda and material related to this meeting please click here.

Posted April 30, 2021

NEW RULES –
22 TAC CHAPTERS 881 and 885, EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 9, 2021

Executive Council published adopted rules regarding 22 TAC Chapters 881 and 885

On August 28, 2020, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to publish proposed rule changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, §§881.21 and 885.1, concerning Petition for Rulemaking and Executive Council Fees.

On October 2, 2020, the Executive Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [45 TexReg 6958]. Public comment was reviewed by the Executive Council on January 12, 2021, and the Executive Council adopted rules as proposed.

On February 5, 2021, adopted rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 915], effective February 9, 2021. On and after February 9, 2021 these new rules will be available on the Texas Secretary of State’s webpage for 22 TAC Part 41.

Updated Consolidated Rulebooks will soon be available on the Executive Council’s Statutes and Rules webpage.

Subscription to email updates from the Executive Council and the member boards may be entered via the Email Updates form at the bottom of the Executive Council’s homepage. Members of the public may also sign-up to receive email notification of any rule action taken by the Executive Council as published in the Texas Register via the Texas Secretary of State’s Subscription Formats and Options webpage.

Posted on February 5, 2021.

BHEC moving to 100% Online for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) Applications.

Beginning February 1, 2021 online application submission will be required for Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate, Upgrade to Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Professional Counselor (from out of state).  Paper applications received on or after February 1st  will be returned to the sender with instruction to apply online. 
Posted January 15, 2021