Board News

Jurisprudence Exams Unavailable Sunday, August 14, 2022 from 7am until 9am

On Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 7am until 9am CDT, the Jurisprudence Exams will be unavailable while eStrategy Solutions performs scheduled maintenance.

Your Lifelong Learning Portal will be unavailable for user registrations and login during this time.

The time for this maintenance window has been chosen to minimize user inconvenience and reflects a time of lowest overall user activity in the system.

A warning message that explains this scheduled outage has been posted to appear for all users at registration and at login.

Posted August 12, 2022

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED AUGUST 5, 2022

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC, Chapter 885

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to propose the following at its May 18, 2022, meeting. These proposed rules are published in the August 5, 2022, edition of the Texas Register.

You may view the proposed changes by clicking on the rule below. The preamble includes the rationale for the rule change and request for public comment.
22 TAC §885.1 Executive Council Fees with preamble

Request for Public Comments
Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Executive Assistant, Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council, 1801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7.300, 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 September 4, 2022, which is at least 30 days from the date of publication in the Texas Register.

Posted on August 4, 2022

NEW RULES – 22 TAC Chapter 681 – Effective June 26, 2022

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

The following Adopted rules can be found in the June 17, 2022, Issue of the Texas Register and will become effective June 26, 2022.

22 TAC §681.6 General Provisions
22 TAC §681.205 Schedule of Sanctions

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.

Posted June 29, 2022

Insights Over the Lunch Hour: Discussion on How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from Scams with LPC Board Members

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar entitled Insights Over the Lunch Hour with LPC Board Members: Discussion on How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from Scams. During this webinar, licensees and members of the public will have the opportunity to hear from and visit with the following members of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors and staff:

  • Dr. Christopher Taylor, PhD, LPC, Board Vice-Chair;
  • Vanessa Hall, public member; and
  • Cristina De Luna, Board Administrator.

Attendees will be given the opportunity and are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. NOTE: Panelists will not answer questions about a pending application or complaint.

May 12, 2022 Power Pont Presentation can be found here.

Post updated on May 12, 2022

Board Meeting Announcement

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors will hold their Virtual Full Board Meeting on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 9am. To view the agenda and meeting materials related to this meeting please click here.

Posted on April 28, 2022

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED APRIL 22, 2022

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

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to propose the following rule(s) at its February 1, 2022, meeting.  These proposed rules are published in the April 22, 2022, edition of the Texas Register.

You may view the proposed changes by clicking on the rule below. The preamble includes the rationale for the rule change and request for public comment.
22 TAC §882.2 General Application File Requirements with preamble
22 TAC §882.22 Reinstatement of a License with preamble
22 TAC §884.20 Disciplinary Guidelines and General Schedule of Sanctions with preamble

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 May 22, 2022, which is at least 30 days from the date of publication in the Texas Register.

Posted on April 19, 2022

NEW RULES – 22 TAC CHAPTERS 881, 882, 884, and 885 – EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 27, 2022

Executive Council published adopted rules in 22 TAC Chapters 881, 882, 884, and 885

The following adopted rules, affecting Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, can be found in the February 18, 2022, Texas Register and become effective February 27, 2022:
  • §881.33 Family Leave Pool with preamble, which includes reasoned justification for the rule;
  • §882.21 License Statuses with preamble;
  • §882.37 COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Prohibited with preamble;
  • §882.60 Special Provisions Applying to Military Service Members, Veterans and Spouses with preamble;
  • §882.61 Special Licensing Provisions for Military Spouses with preamble;
  • §882.70 Emergency Temporary License with preamble;
  • §884.4 Special Requirements for Complaints Alleging Violations Related to Court-ordered Therapy or
Parenting Facilitator Services with preamble; and
  • §885.1 Executive Council Fees with preamble.

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

Requests for subscription to Email Updates from the Executive Council and the member boards may be submitted via the Executive Council’s Email Updates webpage.

Posted on February 17, 2022

NEW RULES – 22 TAC Chapter 681 – Effective February 27, 2022

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

The following Adopted rules can be found in the February 18, 2022, Issue of the Texas Register and will become effective February 27, 2022.

22 TAC §681.2 Definitions
22 TAC §681.91 LPC Associate License
22 TAC §681.93 Supervisor Requirements

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.

Posted February 11, 2022

Board Meeting Announcement

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors will hold their Virtual Full Board Meeting on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 9am. To view the agenda and materials related to this meeting please click here

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT –
PROPOSED RULES PUBLISHED DECEMBER 10, 2021

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

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted to propose the following rule(s) at its October 26, 2021 meeting.  These proposed rules were published in the December 10, 2021 edition of the Texas Register [46 TexReg 8311]. 

You may view the proposed changes by clicking on the rule below. The preamble includes the rationale for the rule change and request for public comment.
22 TAC §881.33 Family Leave Pool with preamble
22 TAC §882.21 License Statuses with preamble
22 TAC §882.60 Special Provisions Applying to Military Service Members, Veterans and Spouses with preamble
22 TAC §882.61 Special Licensing Provisions for Military Spouses with preamble

Request 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 January 10, 2022, which is at least 30 days from the date of publication in the Texas Register.

Posted on December 10, 2021

NEW RULES – 22 TAC Chapter 681 – Effective November 21, 2021

LPC Board recommended and Executive Council published adopted rules regarding 22 TAC Chapter 681

Adopted rules can been found in the November 12, 2021, Issue of the Texas Register [46 TexReg 7783].

22 TAC §681.41 Rules of Practice
22 TAC §681.72 Application and Licensing
22 TAC §681.73 Application for Art Therapy Specialty Designation
22 TAC §681.82 Academic Requirements
22 TAC §681.114 Licensing of Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses
22 TAC §681.205 Schedule of Sanctions

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.

NEW RULES – 22 TAC CHAPTER 883 –
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 21, 2021

Executive Council published adopted rules in 22 TAC Chapter 883

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

On June 18, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in – then on August 2, due to technical correction, withdrawn from – the Texas Register [46 TexReg 3698]. On August 13, 2021, the Council’s corrected proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 4973]. Public comment was reviewed by the Council on October 26,, 2021, and the Council adopted rules as proposed.

On November 12, 2021, adopted rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 7788], effective November 21, 2021. On and after November 21, 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 November 12, 2021.

Board Meeting Announcement

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors will hold their Virtual Full Board Meeting on Friday, November 12th at 9am. To view the agenda and material related to this meeting please click here.

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