Agency News

Insights Over the Lunch Hour: An Opportunity to Visit with Executive Staff

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar entitled Insights Over the Lunch Hour: An Opportunity to Visit with Executive Staff. During this webinar, licensees and members of the public will have the opportunity to hear from and visit with the following staff:

  • Darrel Spinks, Executive Director;
  • Tim Speer, Director of Operations;
  • Patrick Hyde, General Counsel;
  • Sarah Faszholz, Board Administrator for the Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work Boards;
  • Cristina DeLuna, Board Administrator for the Professional Counseling Board; and
  • Diane Moore, Board Administrator for the Psychology Board.

Agency staff will talk about the current state and federal regulatory issues facing the Council and member boards, the rule changes being considered for proposal or adoption, as well as the day-to-day operational issues faced by the agency. Attendees will be given the opportunity and are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. NOTE: Agency staff will not answer questions about a pending application or complaint.

The webinar will begin at 12pm on February 28, 2022 and may run longer than the noon hour, depending upon attendee interest and questions. Agency staff will provide ample time for the question and answer period. If you are interested in attending this virtual event, please click here.

Posted on January 4, 2022

2023-27 Strategic Planning Survey Now Open!

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has begun the process of strategic planning for fiscal years 2023-2027. Strategic planning is a long-term and future-oriented process of assessment, goal setting, and decision making. It includes a multiyear view of objectives and strategies for the accomplishment of agency goals. The strategic planning process incorporates and sets direction for all agency operations.

A strategic plan is the formal document that communicates the agency’s goals, directions, and outcomes to various audiences, including the Governor, the Legislature, the agency’s employees, client and constituency groups, and the public. The Texas Government Code, Chapter 2056, requires strategic planning for all agencies in the executive branch of state government.

As part of the strategic planning process, the Council would like to ask for your input regarding trends, conditions, opportunities, and obstacles that influence the Council as an agency or the regulated professions under the Council’s jurisdiction. In assessing your input, the Council will identify specific need indicators within the practice of a regulated profession and will address the major issues anticipated to affect the Council during fiscal years 2023-2027.

If you would like to participate in this survey, please click here.  Survey responses must be received on or before February 15, 2022 at 5pm, at which time the survey will close.

Posted on December 13, 2021

Launch of Online Application Modules for Psychology!

On November 22, 2021 the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council will launch new online license application modules for the following license types:

  • Licensed Psychological Associate
  • Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
  • Licensed Psychologist*

*Licensed Psychologist with provisional status (i.e., provisionally licensed psychologists or PLPs) must still submit a Request for License Issuance in paper form once they have passed the EPPP and completed their supervised experience.

The Council will continue accepting paper applications through Friday, November 19th. Paper applications received on or after November 20th will be returned to the submitter. Then, effective November 22, 2021, the Council will require applicants to utilize the online applications.

User guides on how to use the online licensing system will be available beginning November 22, 2021.

Posted on October 15, 2021

Customer Service Survey Now Open!

In accordance with Chapter 2114 of the Government Code, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is conducting its biennial customer service survey.

The Council strives to provide licensing, enforcement, and other regulatory services to the public in an honest, fair, thorough, cost-efficient, and timely manner.

In order to assist the Council with improving its services, please take a moment and respond to this brief survey regarding your experience with the Council.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

Survey responses must be received on or before November 30, 2021 at 5pm, at which time the survey will close.

Posted on September 16, 2021

New Online Processes Available!

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) has launched new modules for the online licensing system. 

The following license applications can now be submitted online: 

  • LBSW to LMSW application
  • LMSW to LCSW application
  • Social Worker Approved Supervisor Application
  • LPC Approved Supervisor Application
  • MFT Approved Supervisor Application

BHEC is currently accepting both paper and electronic versions of these applications through the remainder of July. 

Effective August 1, 2021 BHEC will cease accepting paper versions of the above-mentioned applications and require online applications. Paper applications received on or after August 1, 2021 will be returned to the submitter. 

Additionally, beginning August 1, 2021, BHEC licensees will be able to use the online licensing system to order replacement wall-mount licenses, i.e., wall certificates, calligraphy licenses.

User Guides on how to use the online licensing system are available in the How To User Guides link in the menu on right.

Posted on July 8, 2021

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 opinion.committee@oag.texas.gov 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:

ASWB, Attn: Texas Applications
17126 Mountain Run Vista Court
Culpeper, VA 22701
Email: texas@aswb.org
Dedicated application queue toll free number: 866-825-9580
ASWB home page: https://www.aswb.org/

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:

  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

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