Upcoming Transition to Online Applications
To provide better customer service and greater efficiency, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is moving toward online applications for each of its licensing programs.
Transitioning to online applications eliminates or reduces the need to process paper and fees, and verifies that application materials and fees are received. The Council anticipates the resulting reduction in workload on staff will translate into faster processing time over the long term.
The professional counseling and marriage and family therapy programs will be the first to go to 100% online submission. This change will become effective on February 1st, 2021. These programs were selected to transition first because the programs already have the online modules needed to implement the change.
The social work program will be next to go 100% online, although the transition date is yet to be determined. Online applications for new licenses are currently available for social work, and staff are still developing the online module for social workers to move from one classification to the next (e.g., LBSW to LMSW.)
The psychology program will be the last to transition to 100% online as staff have not yet developed the online application modules for each license type.
Changes will be made to the website to reflect the new process and a suite of user-guides will soon be published to assist our applicants.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to improve the licensing process.
Posted on January 22, 2021
Request for AG Opinion Regarding Authority to Adopt Rules Prohibiting Discriminatory Conduct
The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has submitted a request for an Attorney General opinion regarding its authority to adopt rules prohibiting certain discriminatory conduct by licensees.
A copy of the Council’s request can viewed by clicking here. Interested parties may submit briefing in response to this request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 15, 2021.
Posted on December 17, 2020
Discontinuance of Renewal Permits
The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to discontinue printing and mailing renewal permits at its October 27, 2020 regular meeting. This decision was made in-part because licensees are no longer required to display a renewal permit alongside their license and because the information contained in renewal permits is now available through the Council’s online license verification system.
Beginning November 16th, the Council will no longer print or mail renewal permits when licensees renew their license. Licensees may verify whether their license has been renewed through the Council’s online verification system and print out the status of their license if proof is needed, e.g. to submit to an insurance company. The information available through the online verification system is both accurate and based upon agency records, and is considered primary source verification.
Lastly, licensees can still order a renewal permit through the Council’s online licensing system, if they so desire. The cost for ordering a renewal permit is $10.
Posted on November 5, 2020
BHEC Launches New Exam Registration Process for Social Worker Applicants
The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has begun a new process for individuals who wish to take the Association of Social Work Board’s (ASWB) examination for baccalaureate, master’s, or clinical licensure.
The Council has partnered with ASWB to allow all prospective licensees to apply for the exam directly to ASWB. Prospective social workers will benefit from being able to take the examination in a timelier fashion, while agency staff will be able to focus more on processing license applications.
Individuals who have graduated from their social work program or are in their last semester can begin the exam registration process through the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners’ ASWB Licensure Examinations webpage.
Prospective applicants with questions regarding the registration process should direct their questions to:
Posted on November 2, 2020
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. A link to download the instructions and forms needed to undergo a fingerprint based criminal history check will be made available on the renewal reminder postcard and through the online renewal system.
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:
- Development and planning for revisions to the licensing process that will prevent or reduce the likelihood of future backlogs;
- Development and implementation of a plan to eliminate the existing backlog in the licensing process; and
- 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
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