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The Governor has created a process to request temporary waiver of rules and statutes related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.  To this end, the board is in the process of determining which rules and statutes will be most effective from a waiver standpoint.  The board is reviewing rules regarding submission deadlines, exam deadlines, technologically assisted practice, among others.  As these waivers are granted this site will be updated with that information.  The board appreciates your patience and your dedication to the citizens of Texas. 


Effective March 17, 2020: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for enforcing certain regulations issued under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, to protect the privacy and security of protected health information, namely the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules (the HIPAA Rules). OCR will exercise its enforcement discretion and will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. Please read the entire OCR Notification of Enforcement Discretion.

In light of recent events and in accordance with the recommendations of Governor Abbott’s Texas Safety Action Report, the Texas State Examiners of Professional Counselors would like to remind its licensees that Section 611.004(a)(2) of the Texas Health and Safety Code authorizes behavioral health care providers to report confidential information to law enforcement should the provider determine their client poses an imminent risk of physical harm to themselves or to others. The board also urges its licensees and all behavioral health care providers to be vigilant in assessing their clients’ potential to harm and to warn the appropriate authorities if imminent harm is likely.

Thank you for visiting the Licensed Professional Counselors program webpage. The Department of State Health Services maintains this webpage, but pursuant to Senate Bill 200, regulatory authority over Licensed Professional Counselors has transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission. (HHSC) as of September 1, 2017.

 

Welcome to the home page of the board that licenses and regulates Licensed Professional Counselors in Texas. This website contains information about Licensed Professional Counselors including license requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.


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Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 611
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.611.htm

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Last updated April 24, 2020