January 25, 2020 - 10:00am

Department of State Health Services, Exchange Building, Room N-102
8407 Wall Street
Austin, TX 78754

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The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. or upon adjournment of the Rules Committee Meeting

  1. Call meeting to order.
  2. Approval of minutes of the October 19, 2019, Board meeting.
  3. Discussion and possible action regarding reports from the following Board committees:
    1. Ethics Committee Meeting held on January 24, 2020:
      1. Report from staff and discussion and possible action on status of open complaints.
      2. Report from staff and discussion and possible action on compliance activities.
      3. Report from staff and discussion and possible action on Complaint Review Team activities.
      4. Discussion and possible action regarding complaint trends.
      5. Discussion and possible action regarding changes to the Board’s Schedule of Sanctions/Aggravating and Mitigating Factors policy (also known as Penalty Matrix).
      6. Discussion and possible action regarding the Board’s Complaint Review Team policy.
      7. Discussion and possible action regarding clarification of 22 TAC §§801.44, 801.91 – 801.94, and 801.261, related to fitness to practice during times of impairment due to physical or mental health or use of medication, drugs or alcohol.
      8. Update, discussion and possible action on pending complaints awaiting informal settlement or State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) hearings.
    2. Licensing Standards Committee meeting held on January 24, 2020:
      1. Number of cases reviewed.
      2. Number of Approvals.
      3. Number of Denials.
      4. Number of cases returned for more information.
      5. Discussion and possible action regarding update to applications and forms.
      6. Discussion and possible action concerning licensing matrices.
      7. Discussion and possible action concerning amendments to 22 TAC §801.143 related to supervisor requirements.
      8. Discussion and possible action regarding clarification of 22 TAC §801.236 that license renewal or late renewal is required while license is on inactive status;
      9. Discussion and possible action concerning amendments to 22 TAC §§801.115 and 801.142 related to provisions for applicants who hold a license issued by another jurisdiction.
      10. Discussion and possible action regarding amendments to 22 TAC §801.142 related to experience requirement of direct hours to couples or families.
      11. Discussion and possible action concerning implementation of Senate Bill 1200, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, related to recognition of military spouse’s out-of-state license.
      12. Discussion and possible action regarding clarification of 22 TAC §§801.44, 801.91 – 801.94, and 801.261, related to fitness to practice during times of impairment due to physical or mental health or use of medication, drugs or alcohol.
    3. Professional Development Committee meetings held on January 25, 2020:
      1. Discussion and possible action regarding the quarterly summary from the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Jurisprudence Examination vendor.
      2. Discussion and possible action related to changes in the Board’s Jurisprudence Examination.
    4. Rules Committee meeting held on January 25, 2020:
      1. Discussion and possible action regarding recommendations to the Texas Behavioral Health Council for rules changes:
        1. concerning amendments to 22 TAC §801.143 related to supervisor requirements;
        2. regarding clarification of 22 TAC §801.236 that license renewal or late renewal is required while license is on inactive status;
        3. concerning amendments to 22 TAC §§801.115 and 801.142 related to provisions for applicants who hold a license issued by another jurisdiction;
        4. regarding amendments to 22 TAC §801.142 related to experience requirement of direct hours to couples or families;
        5. concerning implementation of Senate Bill 1200, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, related to recognition of military spouse’s out-of-state license.
        6. regarding clarification of 22 TAC §§801.44, 801.91 – 801.94, and 801.261, related to fitness to practice during times of impairment due to physical or mental health or use of medication, drugs or alcohol.
      2. Discussion and possible action regarding changes to the Board’s Schedule of Sanctions/Aggravating and Mitigating Factors policy (also known as Penalty Matrix).
      3. Discussion and possible action regarding the Board’s Complaint Review Team policy.
  4. Discussion and possible action regarding changes to the Board’s Schedule of Sanctions/Aggravating and Mitigating Factors policy (also known as Penalty Matrix).
  5. Discussion and possible action regarding the Board’s Complaint Review Team policy.
  6. Discussion and possible final action on agreed orders, default orders, and final orders in enforcement cases: 1062-19-0058 MW
  7. Discussion and possible action regarding proposal to convene Fall 2020 Board meetings at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.
  8. Discussion and possible action regarding update to applications and forms.
  9. Discussion and possible action concerning Board’s strategies for communication to stakeholders and stakeholder engagement.
  10. Discussion and possible action regarding recommendations from Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation (CLEAR).
  11. Report from the Board Chair concerning current challenges and accomplishments; lawsuits; interaction with stakeholders, state officials, and staff; committee appointments and functions; workload of Board members; conferences; and general information regarding the routine functioning of the Board.
  12. Report from the Interim Executive Director concerning program operations; customer service accomplishments, inquiries, and challenges; current and/or historical licensee statistics; media, legislative, and stakeholder contacts and concerns; workload processing; special projects assigned to interim executive director; and general information regarding the routine functioning of the licensure program.
  13. Management report from the Professional Licensing and Certification Unit Manager, concerning unit organization and staffing; program costs and revenue; current operational initiatives; customer service accomplishments and challenges; workload processing and statistical information; status of rulemaking within the unit; legislative and media contacts and tracking; and general information regarding routine unit functions.
  14. Discussion and possible action regarding future priorities and activities of the Board.
  15. Public Comment.
  16. Executive Session: Consultation with Board attorney pursuant to Texas Government Code §551.071 regarding pending or contemplated litigation and/or settlement offers.
  17. Discussion and possible action regarding pending or contemplated litigation or settlement offers.
  18. Announcements and comments not requiring committee action, such as statements regarding conferences and other recent or upcoming events.
  19. Adjournment.

Pursuant to Section 30.06, Texas Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.

Pursuant to Section 30.07, Texas Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Texas Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.

Action may be taken on any of the above items.  The Board reserves the right to go into executive session on any agenda item as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.  Agenda items may be taken in any order at the discretion of the Chair.  An individual who wishes to speak on an issue that falls under the Board’s jurisdiction shall be heard during the Public Comment agenda item.  The Chair may establish and announce limitations on speakers, including time limits and when speakers may address the Board.  The limitations, if any, may vary from meeting to meeting.

CONTACT:  Sarah Faszholz, Interim Executive Director
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
512-834-6657 | mft@dshs.texas.gov

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Georgia Norman at 512-231-5716 or Georgia.Norman@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 96 hours prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements may be made.