The Texas Sunset Commission staff is recommending in its report on the reauthorization of the Department of State Health Services that the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors as well as the Marriage and Family Therapist and Social Worker licensing boards be reconstituted as advisory committees at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
TCA is asking members to submit brief comments by Friday, June 6th that will be included in the staff report presented at the Sunset Commission Meeting on June 24-25 in Austin. While there will be additional opportunities to comment, TCA hopes to generate significant opposition to this recommendation early in the process.
Please take a moment between now and 5 pm on Friday to send a comment in opposition to Recommendation 3.2 to transfer the Texas State Board of Examiners to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and reconstitute this independent board as an advisory committee. Submit comments to: www.sunset.texas.gov/input-form.
- Recommendation 3.2 places the public at risk. The regulatory oversight provided by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors which includes licensed professional counselors as well as public members ensures that all LPCs are well trained and adhere to high professional standards. The impact of LPCs on the health and safety of the clients they serve mandates the oversight of an independent regulatory board that includes experienced licensed professionals.
- Unlike the other professions recommended for transfer to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in Recommendation 3.2, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers must hold advanced graduate degrees and are considered Health Professions under Texas law. None of the occupations currently licensed by TDLR are required to hold even a bachelor’s degree.
Final action on these recommendations will require legislative action but TCA is hoping to nip this recommendation now. We will continue to keep you updated throughout this process.
To access the Sunset Advisory Commission Staff Report on DSHS and process details go to: www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports/agencies/department-state-health-services-dshs.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to [email protected].