Contact the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Now!
URGENT CALL TO ACTION! Sunset Legislation on the Move!
SB 114 (Hinojosa) to establish the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council will be heard on Friday, August 4 at 8:30 a.m. by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in Room E1.012, Capitol Extension. SB 114 is identical to SB 311/HB 2898 filed during the regular session.
SB 114 is an innovative strategy that creates efficiency, maintains appropriate oversight of mental health professionals and aligns with the state’s goal of responsible consolidation.
SB 114 takes full advantage of operational efficiencies and economies of scale.
SB 114 will establish a system to expedite review and approval of license applications and complaints.
SB 114 is supported by each of the mental health licensing boards.
Simply extending the sunset date for these boards until 2019 will not address the challenges identified during the Sunset review.
SB 114 will help resolve the huge mental health workforce shortage issue in Texas by creating a system that is efficient, eliminates duplication and appropriately aligns the regulation of mental health professionals in Texas.
A joint statement of support issued by the Texas Counseling Association, the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work, and NASW-TX provides some additional talking points and information.
If you live in the Austin area and can attend, we are asking that you sign in support of SB 114 but do NOT sign in to testify. We would love a great show of strength but too many witnesses can backfire. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all you do to support professional counselors in Texas!