(a)The Council shall issue an emergency temporary
license to practice marriage and family therapy, professional counseling,
psychology, or social work if:
(1)the Governor declares a disaster under §418.014
and issues a proclamation in accordance with Government Code §418.016
suspending regulatory statutes and rules which would prevent, hinder,
or delay necessary action in coping with the declared disaster;
(2)the Executive Director determines that enacting
these emergency licensing provisions are necessary in that disaster
(3)the applicant meets the requirements set forth
(b)An emergency temporary license issued pursuant
to this rule will expire upon termination of the suspension or state
of disaster, whichever occurs first.
(c)An emergency temporary license issued pursuant
to this rule is valid only for the practice of marriage and family
therapy, professional counseling, psychology, or social work within
the disaster area designated by the governor.
(d)To be eligible for an emergency temporary license,
an applicant must:
(1)submit an application in the form prescribed by
the Council; and
(2)submit written verification that the applicant
is actively licensed, certified, or registered to practice, marriage
and family therapy, professional counseling, psychology, or social
work in another jurisdiction and that the licensure, certification,
or registration is in good standing.
(e)For purposes of subsection (d) of this section,
the term "good standing" means there is not current disciplinary action
on the out-of-state license, certification, or registration.
(f)An individual practicing under an emergency temporary
(1)display a copy of the emergency temporary license
in a conspicuous location when delivering services, or provide written
notification of the license number and instructions on how to verify
the status of a license when initiating services with a patient or
(2)provide notification to the public and the patient
or client regarding how a complaint may be filed with the Council;
(3)comply with all other applicable Council rules.
(g)There is no fee associated with the application
or issuance of an emergency temporary license.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed
the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on February 7, 2022
Darrel D. Spinks
Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
Effective date: February 27,
Proposal publication date: October 1, 2021
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706