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TSBEP Soliciting Input for Strategic Planning Process for Fiscal Years 2019-2023

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is beginning the process of Strategic Planning for fiscal years 2019-2023 and would like your input on several questions.  A copy of these  questions, together with a brief explanation of the purpose and process behind Strategic Planning can be found by clicking here.

Posted on February 12, 2018

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
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


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


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