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New Online Processes Available!

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) has launched new modules for the online licensing system.

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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.

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Take Our Non-Member Survey and Enter to Win a Gift Card From Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

If you are a mental health professional concerned with the well-being of families, couples, and individuals in the State of Texas, the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy would like to know how we can better serve you. Please take the time to complete this 3-question survey for a chance to win one of several Amazon gift cards. Your responses will be anonymous. 

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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.

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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.

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TAMFT Legislative Update: BHEC Requests Attorney General Clarification

TAMFT Legislative Update: BHEC Requests Attorney General Clarification on Authority to Adopt Code of Conduct Rules

By way of a quick update on an important action taken late Monday by the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC), please see the anticipated Attorney General’s opinion request linked here, seeking legal clarification in connection with proposed rules changes to a social worker’s “Code of Conduct” affecting their anti-discrimination rules as promulgated by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners alongside their licensure statute.

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BHEC Restores SW Anti-Discrimination Language

BHEC Votes to Restore Anti-Discrimination Language in 

Social Worker Code of Conduct 

 

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TAMFT Statement on Recent Changes to Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners' Code of Conduct

TAMFT Statement on Recent Changes to Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners' Code of Conduct

TAMFT has taken note of the proposed changes approved by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, in connection with certain anti-discriminatory provisions contained in their code of conduct. While we appreciate the gravity of this issue facing licensed social workers in Texas, we wanted to express our thoughts on the matter to help inform our members:

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TSBEMFT October Update

TSBEMFT OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE

On Wednesday, October 21, Governor Abbott's office officially announced the appointment of three new members to the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, which licenses and regulates marriage and family therapists in Texas.

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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.

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Transition to BHEC and New Licensing Requirements

BHEC Update: Transition to BHEC Reminder and New Licensing Requirements

A reminder that as of September 1, 2020, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (TSBEMFT) will move out of the Health and Human Services commission (HHSC) and relocate to the Behavioral Health Executive Commission (BHEC). The TSBEMFT will remain an autonomous board with control over our licenses, rules and profession. BHEC will assume administrative functions such as processing license issuances and renewals, handling investigative complaints before potentially sending them to our board, and ensuring that the background operations run smoothly so that our board can operate as effectively as possible.

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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:

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TSBEMFT Transfer to BHEC

TSBEMFT Update: TSBEMFT Transfer to BHEC and Impact on August Renewals and Current and Future Applicants

TAMFT recently received the following update from TSBEMFT. Please take note of this important information.

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TDI Extends Telemedicine Emergency Rule to September

Legislative Update: TDI Extends Telemedicine Emergency Rule Into September

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is extending a requirement that insurers cover telemedicine services, including mental health visits, at the same rate as in-person visits. An emergency rule in place since March helps doctors across Texas treat their patients and limit the spread of COVID-19.

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BHEC Update: Nondiscrimination Statement Released

BHEC Releases Non-Discrimination Statement

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council recently released a non-discrimination statement, shared below:

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HIPAA and Teletherapy Updates

HIPAA & TELETHERAPY UPDATES

HHS Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

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). 

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TSBEMFT Staff Reduced and Telephone Contact Suspended

TSBEMFT REPORTS REDUCED STAFFING, SUSPENDS TELEPHONE ACCESS

TAMFT has received the following update from TSBEMFT to share with our members:

"Due to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak we are operating with significantly reduced staff. As a result we have been forced to suspend telephone access. This is being done so the remaining staff can devote their time strictly to processing license applications. Given the rapidly changing circumstances we cannot provide an estimate for the resumption of access to staff by telephone."

TSBEMFT can still be reached via email at the following addresses:



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Emergency Rule for Telemedicine Announced by Governor Abbott

Emergency Rule for Telemedicine Announced by Governor Abbott

Governor Abbott announced on March 17 adoption of an emergency rule governing telemedicine and telehealth services provided by health professionals—specifically including mental health professionals—to reduce barriers to accessing services as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott directed the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to issue an emergency rule to help improve access to care, while mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

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TAMFT and TSBEMFT Ask Governor Abbott for Help With Coronavirus

TAMFT and TSBEMFT Ask Governor Abbott for Help With Coronavirus

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists requires MFTs to have 15 hours of training to perform teletherapy. TSBEMFT has informed TAMFT that it has petitioned the Governor's Office for a suspension of the rules related to training requirements and waits for Governor Abbott's approval.

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BHEC Meeting October 15: Live Webcast Link

BHEC Meeting to Be Held October 15: View Live Online or Register for Public Comment

The following boards will join the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) on September 1, 2020. In preparation for this transfer BHEC will hold a meeting on October 15, 2019. The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Public comment will be accepted during the meeting, or you may view the meeting via webcast.

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