Board News

Call for Public Comment –
Proposed Rules Published February 19, 2021

TSBEP Board recommended and Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC, Chapters 463 and 465

On November 19, 2020, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code §§463.10, 463.35, 463.40 (repeal), 463.30 (new), 465.1, 465.2, and 465.13, concerning applications and examinations, and rules of practice, respectively. On January 12, 2021, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (Council) considered the TSBEP’s recommended changes and approved publication of proposed rules.

On February 19, 2021, the Council’s proposed rules were published in the Texas Register [46 TexReg 1177].

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 February 25, 2021

Call for Public Comment –
TSBEP Social Media and Electronic Communication Guidelines

The mission of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (“Board”) is to protect the public by ensuring that psychological services are provided to the people of Texas by qualified and competent practitioners who adhere to established professional standards.

It is with this mission in mind that the Board set out to develop these guidelines for using social media and electronic communications.  When developing these guidelines, the Board relied in-part upon stakeholder input and the prior work of ASPPB’s Social Media Taskforce. 

TSBEP licensees who choose to use social media in their practice should take precautions to be mindful and remain in compliant with all relevant ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities, in addition to policies and guidelines in Texas.

Written comments on the proposed social media and electronic communication guidelines 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 general@bhec.texas.gov by March 30, 2021.

Posted on February 25, 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 is as published in the Texas Register via the Texas Secretary of State’s Subscription Formats and Options webpage.

Posted on February 5, 2021.

Optional COVID-19 Licensure Modification Forms Now Available

In the event that you are unable to meet the traditional prerequisites for education, training, and/or supervised experience for obtaining a particular license under Chapter 501, due to COVID-19, you may be able to request a modification of the prerequisites under 22 TAC 463.14.

 At its November 19, 2020 regular meeting, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists approved usage of ASPPB’s COVID-19 resource tools. These tools can assist applicant’s with documenting their non-traditional prerequisites for licensure for: education, practicum, internship, and post-doctoral experience. You can access these Optional COVID-19 Licensure Modification Forms, on the Board’s website. Please note that these forms do not replace any existing forms required for licensure under Chapter 501.

Posted on November 24, 2020