Agency News

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

TSBEP Town Hall Webinar Scheduled for October 28th

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists will hold a Town Hall Webinar to obtain feedback from stakeholders for the purpose of considering amendments to existing rules 463.30 and 463.31. 

The Town Hall Webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 10:00 AM – 1:00PM CST. Members of the public who would like to attend and participate in this Town Hall Webinar must register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o2-qH8FqQz2fbLfKAxZWYg.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In lieu of participating in the Town Hall Webinar, you may provide written public comment by sending an email to rules@bhec.texas.gov.  When submitting public comment by email, please include “TSBEP EPPP Part 2 Rule Changes” in the subject line to ensure your comments are directed to the appropriate staff. Written public comments will be accepted through November 16, 2020.

The changes under consideration would require all applicants for licensure as a psychological associate or psychologist to take and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Part I and Part II, prior to the Council granting a license. The EPPP Part I is currently used by all jurisdictions and measures an applicant’s foundational knowledge of psychology. The EPPP Part II was developed to provide jurisdictions an assessment tool to measure an applicant’s competency skills.

A draft of the proposed rule changes is available for download by clicking here

Posted on October 2, 2020

Joint Meeting Between Council and TSBSWE Scheduled for October 12, 2020

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners have scheduled a joint meeting for October 12, 2020 at 1pm.

You may download the Council’s agenda and public meeting materials by clicking here and the Board’s agenda and public meeting materials by clicking here.

You may also watch the joint meeting online by clicking here.

Posted on October 1, 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.  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

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

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