SUNSET REVIEW OF TSBEPC
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, as well as the other behavioral health regulatory boards, is going through a review by Sunset Commission (again).
Texas Sunset Commission Staff Report
was released on March 28, 2018. The
, which is composed of legislators and public members, will hold a public hearing on these boards on April 25-26, 2018 in Austin and will make their final recommendations to the Texas Legislature on May 23-24, 2018.
The report acknowledges that “. . .
the boards are acting in good faith and have made notable strides in addressing the previously identified problems. . . However, significant problems and challenges remain that cannot be resolved within the current structure
. . . " It goes on to say “. . .
the continued administrative attachment of the marriage and family therapy, professional counseling and social work boards to a large agency. . . is still not working. . . The dysfunction created by such a model places the livelihoods of licensees in jeopardy and puts the public at risk
the recommendation to organize the regulatory boards for LPCs, LMFTs, SWs and psychologists within a new agency, the
Behavioral Health Executive Council
with the staff’s recommendation for the
structure of BHEC
. Sunset staff recommends BHEC be comprised of one public member from each of the Boards with one professional member from each Board serving only in “ex officio” roles. Including a professional representative from each of the Boards will provide expertise and is more likely to enhance consistency in professional standards rather than interference across professions. BHEC would still be a public majority agency, since the Governor will appoint a non-professional to serve as its presiding officer.