Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program What's New For the Program

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Proposed Rules

The Texas Department of State Health Services has proposed amendments to the rules relating to the licensure and regulation of chemical dependency counselors. The amendments are being proposed to implement the measures of House Bill 3145, which was passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature in 2011. These amendments are being published in the April 13, 2012 edition of the Texas Register. You may access the Texas Register online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.  

Comments and recommendations may be submitted to:
Texas Department of State Health Services, MC-1982
ATTN: Stewart Myrick, LCDC Program Director
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

You may also submit your comments by email to lcdc@dshs.state.tx.us. If you choose to email your comments, please indicate “Comments on Proposed Rules” in the subject line. Comments will be accepted until May 14, 2012.

The proposed rules are also available for download here. You may download a copy of the current rules by clicking the “Rules/Regulations” link in the box to the right. Please check this website for updates to this process.

Message to the Public on House Bill (HB) 3145

“House Bill (HB) 3145, relating to the licensing and regulation of chemical dependency counselors in Texas, was enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011. The bill amends Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 504, which is the law that regulates the practice of chemical dependency counseling in Texas. We have prepared some information explaining the highlights of the bill, which you can download here."

Attention All Applicants: Background Check Process Improvements

The process for obtaining a criminal history for applicants has changed. Effective immediately, fingerprint cards have been phased out. The licensing program has implemented the FAST, or Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas, process. This involves the electronic scanning of an applicant’s fingerprints, then submitting them electronically to the Texas Department of Public Safety for processing. A background check will be obtained more quickly, thus reducing application processing time. Also, the chance of rejection of a set of fingerprints for lack of quality is significantly reduced. For more information, please see page three of the appropriate licensure application, which can be downloaded by selecting this link here.

Attention CTI Coordinators:

We want to notify you that there are new forms on our website for use in evaluating your counselor interns. These forms were created after hearing feedback about the forms we had used, which had not been updated in some time. The packet includes a more concise and user-friendly evaluation tool, along with a form to use for a review between the intern and their QCC, and a weekly documentation of hours. The evaluation packet is meant to be used to track the intern’s progress over a 13-week quarter, covering a main component of the practice each week.

Read the instructions carefully. Please remember that these forms are for your intern files. Please do not submit these to our office for reporting an intern’s supervised work experience hours. The supervised work experience documentation form has been updated to reflect our new mailing address.

The forms are available in the “Applications/Forms” section of our website. We would also like to hear your feedback on the forms. Please direct any questions or feedback to lcdc@dshs.state.tx.us, or via phone at (512) 834-4565. If you respond via e-mail, please put “New CTI Forms Feedback” in your subject field. Thank you for your commitment to providing quality services to the citizens of Texas.

ATTENTION – ONLINE SEARCH VERIFICATION NOW AVAILABLE

Now you can perform a real-time search for licensees online, and you can even print a license verification. For more information, click the “Live Online Search Verification” link under the “Find A Licensee” heading to the left.

LCDC Program and Offender Education Program transferred from TCADA to DSHS Professional Licensing and Certification Unit

All TCADA programs have been transferred to other state agencies as part of the reorganization of Texas' health and human services agencies mandated by House Bill 2292 (78th Regular Session, 2003).

HIPAA Notice

Click the link below to read an important message about HIPAA Privacy Standards for providers and entities that submit protected health information to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Click here to read on HIPAA Privacy Standards

 

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Last updated April 24, 2012