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TSBEP Request for Opinion from the Attorney General Regarding Third-party Billing for Delegated Services

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists met on November 9, 2017 and voted to request an opinion from the Attorney General regarding whether a licensed psychologist may submit a bill to a third-party payer under the licensed psychologist's name without indicating that the psychological services rendered were provided by a supervisee.  You can view a copy of the Board's request by clicking here.

If you would like to submit briefing in response to this opinion request, you may do so by following the directions set forth in the letter received by the Board from Office of the Attorney General's Opinion Committee Chair.  A copy of the letter can be viewed via the link above.

Posted November 21, 2017


TSBEP Adopts Rules Permitting Independent Practice for Qualified LPAs and Eliminating the Oral Examination

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists met on November 9, 2017 to consider, among other things, rule changes that would allow qualified licensed psychological associates to practice independently, i.e. without the supervision of a licensed psychologist, as well as rule changes eliminating the requirement that an individual pass an oral examination to be eligible for licensure as a psychologist.

Individuals wanting to learn more about the specific changes referenced above should review those rules in the Texas Register by clicking on the following links:

While the foregoing rule changes have been adopted by the Board, these changes will not become effective until the expiration of 20 days following their filing with the office of the secretary of state.  Individuals wanting to learn or be notified of the effective date of these changes should not contact the Board, but rather monitor the Texas Register themselves.  Email and telephone inquiries regarding the substance of the changes adopted or the effective date of the rule changes will be referred to this webpage.

Posted November 10, 2017, revised December 5, 2017


The Sunset Review of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is currently under Sunset review.  The psychology board underwent Sunset review in the 2016–2017 biennium, but the agency’s Sunset legislation, which contained the Sunset Commission’s statutory recommendations for the psychology board, did not pass during the 85th Regular Session.  Instead, during the 85th Legislature, First Called Session, the Legislature simply continued the psychology board for two years, and placed the agency under Sunset review again.

Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to provide input on the mission and operations of the psychology board.  The current Sunset review of the psychology board will focus on the issues and recommendations identified during the previous review.  If you would like to share any concerns or ideas about those issues and recommendations, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Robert Romig of the Sunset staff.  Comments are preferred by October 27, 2017, so they can be fully considered by the Commission staff.

Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas  78711
512/463-1300
Fax: 512/463-0705
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive Sunset Commission email updates is available at:  www.sunset.texas.gov.

Posted September 27, 2017


CANCELATION OF THE JANUARY 2018 ORAL EXAMINATION

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists has canceled the January 2018 administration of its Oral Examination.  The University of Texas has until recently, allowed the Board use of the George Sanchez building located on its Austin campus to conduct the examination.  With the loss of the George Sanchez building however, the Board will be unable to administer its Oral Examination as planned.

The Board recognizes the difficult position this places provisionally licensed psychologists in and has proposed a change to its rules eliminating the Oral Examination requirement.  This proposed rule will be considered for adoption at the Board’s November meeting.  If the rule change is adopted, the Oral Examination will no longer be required for independent practice as a psychologist in Texas.  Please monitor the Texas Register following the Board’s November 9, 2017 meeting to learn whether this proposed change is adopted.  You may access the Texas Register at https://www.sos.texas.gov/texreg/index.shtml, or you may subscribe to the Texas Register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posted September 1, 2017


EMERGENCY TEMPORARY LICENSE NOW AVAILABLE TO ASSIST HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s disaster proclamation issued as a result of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists has suspended those portions of Rule 463.27 that could prevent, hinder, or delay access to mental health treatment for the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Effective immediately, individuals licensed to practice psychology in another jurisdiction may apply for an emergency temporary license from this agency under Rule 463.27.  Upon submission of documentation of current licensure and good standing in another jurisdiction, this agency will issue an emergency temporary license valid for 120 days, or until the Governor’s disaster declaration is lifted or expired.

A copy of the application for an emergency temporary license may be obtained by clicking here

Individuals who do not qualify for this emergency temporary license may consider volunteering their time for hurricane relief efforts by contacting the Texas Department of State Health Services Disaster Volunteer Registry.  The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry allows health professionals and lay persons wishing to support medical preparedness and response to register as a responder with participating organizations to provide services during a disaster or public health emergency.

Posted August 30, 2017


WHAT TO EXPECT FOLLOWING THE CLOSE OF THE 85TH LEGISLATURE, REGULAR SESSION

Please read the letter prepared by TSBEP Executive Director, Darrel D. Spinks, to learn about what you can expect following the failure of the Legislature to pass the Board's sunset bill.  You can read the letter by clicking here.

You can also read Governor Abbott's June 6th press release regarding the upcoming special session by clicking here.

Posted June 7, 2017


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO SERVE AS ORAL EXAMINERS

In response to the level of support shown for the Oral Examination during the current Sunset Review Process, the Board would like to take this opportunity to issue a call to those licensees willing to serve as an oral examiner and request that they review this document and submit the last page to the Board for approval to serve as an oral examiner.

Posted December 29, 2016


DFPS IS SEEKING NEW LPs, PLPs, AND LPAs FOR ITS EVALUATION AND TREATMENT PROGRAM

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has made changes to its evaluation and treatment services program and is looking to expand the number of providers available for Texas  families.  Some of these changes include reimbursement for travel to designated underserved areas of the state, as well as reimbursement for missed appointments.  If you are interested in becoming a service provider for DFPS, please click here to learn more about the DFPS evaluation and treatment program, as well as how to become a DFPS service provider.

Posted on December 28, 2016