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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jodie Elder, Ph.D. and reappointed Anthony Scoma, D.Min. and Evelyn Husband Thompson to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board licenses and regulates Marriage and Family Therapists in Texas.

Jodie Elder, Ph.D. of Dallas is an Adjunct Professor of Counseling in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a speaker and presenter. She is a member of the Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, American Counseling Association, Relational Therapists of Dallas, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Elder received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas A&M University – Commerce. 

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BHEC Update: BHEC Moving to Online Applications Only

To provide better customer service and greater efficiency, the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council is moving toward online applications for each of its licensing programs.

Transitioning to online applications eliminates or reduces the need to process paper and fees, and verifies that application materials and fees are received. The Council anticipates the resulting reduction in workload on staff will translate into faster processing time over the long term. 

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Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapy Quarterly Board Meeting

Your TAMFT Board is proud to represent you by attending regular TSBEMFT meetings. You may download a full report of the most recent TSBEMFT meeting here.

Meeting Summary:

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TAMFT Legislative Update

TAMFT Legislative Update: Governor Abbott, HHSC Extend Flexibilities for Medicaid, CHIP Providers During COVID-19 Response

Governor Greg Abbott last week announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is extending flexibilities to Medicaid and CHIP recipients and providers through October 23, 2020, as the state continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These flexibilities will minimize face-to-face interactions and ensure continuity of care for clients during the COVID-19 response.

Many services are being provided to clients using telemedicine and telehealth including medical, behavioral health, case management, professional and specialized therapy services, and certain components of Texas Health Steps medical check-ups.

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TSBEMFT Update: New BHEC Website

TSBEMFT Update: New BHEC Website

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists is an independent licensing board administratively attached to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The Board, as an independent entity, maintains a management structure and decision-making authority separate from HHSC. This message is an official communication from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists that TAMFT wanted to share with its members:

Pursuant to House Bill 1501, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), regulatory authority over Marriage and Family Therapists is transitioning from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) as of September 1, 2020. 

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