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Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Rules-Regulations

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Please know that neither the executive director nor staff may interpret statute or rules or assist with an ethical dilemma — seek professional legal counsel or other professional consultation for these types of inquiries. Staff may not speak for the board nor predict how the board may act in any particular case, as per Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code,

§801.11 The Board (i) The board is not bound in any way by any statement or action on the part of any board member, committee member, or staff member, except when a statement or action is in pursuance of the specific instruction of the board. Board member or staff member opinions, except when a statement or action is in pursuance of the specific instructions of the board, about ethical dilemmas or practice issues should never be substituted for appropriate professional consultation or legal advice.  


TEXAS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ADOPTED RULES, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2020


PROPOSED RULES — PUBLISHED JULY 10, 2020

Board recommended and Executive Council published proposed rules regarding 22 TAC Chapter 801

On April 17, 2020, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists voted to recommend changes to Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801 to align with statutory amendments made by House Bill 1501, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019) to Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 502 and 507. This legislation created the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council and authorized the Executive Council to regulate marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. Sections 507.151 and 507.152 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code authorize the Executive Council to administer and enforce Chapters 501, 502, 503, 505, and 507 of Title 3 of the Texas Occupations Code, as well as adopt rules as necessary to perform the Executive Council's duties. On June 16, 2020, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council considered the Board’s recommended changes and voted to publish proposed rules. 
On July 10, 2020, the Executive Council’s proposed rules concerning Chapter 801 were published in the Texas Register [45 TexReg 4661], available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.

Call for Public Comment:
Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted to Brenda Skiff, Public Information Officer, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, 333 Guadalupe, Ste. 2-450, Austin, Texas 78701, within 30 days of publication of this proposal in the Texas Register. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (512) 305-7701, or via email to Open.Records@tsbep.texas.gov.

Click the link below to view the Texas Register in HTML or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.


View the current MFT Rules on the Secretary of State’s website.


CURRENT RULES – EFFECTIVE AUGUST 7, 2019


The board’s current rules are always available and up-to-date on the Texas Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml. The board’s rules are located in Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801. 

As a courtesy, staff creates a reformatted version of the rules, available in Word format and as a portable document format (PDF) via the links below, which may be more easily searched than the rules available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Whenever a conflict exists between the staff’s reformatted version of the rules and those on the Texas Secretary of State’s website, the version on the Texas Secretary of State’s website is the correct version.

Current Rules, effective August 7, 2019:

The current rules were published in the Texas Register on August 2, 2019 and became effective August 7, 2019.


Older Versions of the Rules

Download a copy of the rules, effective May 26, 2019:

Download a copy of the rules, effective March 7, 2019:

Download a copy of the rules, effective March 26, 2017:

Download a copy of the rules, effective April 16, 2015:

Download a copy of the rules, effective November 23, 2014:

Download a copy of the rules, effective March 31, 2013:

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Last updated July 27, 2020