On May 24, The Sunset Commission voted on the decisions that drive the legislation governing the structure of the mental health licensing boards. Their actions aligned with the recommendations made by our coalition which includes TCA, NASW-TX, TAMFT, and TSCSW, and include:
Consolidate the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Board of Social Worker Examiners with the Board of Examiners of Psychologists to create the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.
They also adopted other Sunset Commission staff recommendations that were not of concern to TCA and our allies. The next step will be drafting legislation to be considered by the Legislature when it convenes in January. Please know that TCA will be your strong voice throughout this process. We will keep you informed and alerted to the need for next steps. In the meantime, please be sure to thank the members of the Sunset Commission for their support.
View the April 25, 2018 Sunset Commission hearing. Testimony on the behavioral health boards begins at 2:38:00, and TCA testimony begins at 4:11:59.
Position Statements Sunset Commission Staff Report: Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists; Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners TCA talking points on Sunset Report
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|April 27, 2018||Sunset Hearings: Action Needed!
|April 5, 2018
||Sunset Review Action Needed; Licensing Board Tips|
|August 4, 2017
||Dr. Katherine Bacon's Senate Health and Human Services Committee Testimony, SB 114
|August 3, 2017
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|June 20, 2017||TCA Bill Status Report - Final
|June 13, 2017
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|June 2, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 26, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 22, 2017||Urgent Call to Action
|May 19, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 15, 2017
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|May 12, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 9, 2917||CORRECTED Urgent Action Alert!
|May 8, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 28, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 21, 2017||CORRECTED Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|April 14, 2017||CORRECTED Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 7, 2017
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|March 31, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|March 28, 2017
|March 24, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|March 17, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|March 10, 2017||Breaking News and Weekly Update|
|March 3, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|February 24, 2017||SB 1022 and Texas Supreme Court Ruling|
|December 6, 2016
||Contact all Sunset Commission members regarding the staff report. Contact information and talking points.
|August 23, 2016||TCA member Valerie Martinez from Northside Independent School District in San Antonio provided testimony before the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice regarding cyber bullying. Watch Valerie starting at 1:05:34.|
|April 27, 2016||TCA member Sharon Cunningham delivered invited testimony before the Texas Legislature's Special House Committee on Mental Health to address initiatives on increasing access to mental health services in Texas. Watch Sharon starting at 1:43:00.|