Listed below are the required qualifications for physicians, specialists, and other health care professionals.

The CRS program manager verifies the required qualifications of health care professionals in ReHabWorks.

For questions about certification or licensure of other health care professionals, contact the CRS program manager.

Note: When an intern working under the supervision of a licensed provider provides counseling services, they are purchased at the supervising licensed provider's payment rate.

Table: List of Professionals, their job functions and required qualifications

Professional

Job Function

Required Qualifications

Advanced practice nurse

Provides medical evaluation and/or treatment.

Licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Audiologist

Provides audiological examinations.

May dispense hearing aids.

May provide basic audiometric assessments.

Licensed by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

To dispense hearing aids, the audiologist also must be licensed by the State Committee of Examiners in the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Instruments.

Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)

Administers anesthesia.

Certified by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Chiropractor

Provides manipulative treatment of the spine and functional capacity assessments.

Licensed by the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Cognitive rehabilitation therapist

Provides cognitive rehabilitation therapy, which focuses on the development of cognitive skills (the ability to perceive, recognize, conceive, judge, imagine and reason) lost or altered as a result of neurological damage.

The aim of treatment is to enhance functional competence in real-world situations.

The process includes:

  • direct retraining;
  • use of compensatory strategies; and/or
  • use of cognitive tools.

One of the following:

  • A psychologist licensed by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
  • A psychiatrist licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners.
  • An occupational therapist licensed by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.
  • A speech and language pathologist certified by the State Committee of Examiners for Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Dentist

Provides dental evaluations and/or treatment.

Licensed by Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to practice in the state where services are rendered.

Hearing aid specialist

Dispenses hearing aids.

May provide basic audiometric assessments (MAPS 92551 – 92559).

May provide hearing aid evaluations.

Licensed by the Texas Board of Examiners in the Fitting and Dispensing of Hearing Aids.

Licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT)

Provides goal-oriented or problem-centered counseling services as recommended or prescribed by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Licensed professional counselor

Provides goal-oriented or problem-centered counseling services as recommended or prescribed by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

Licensed surgical assistant (LSA)

Provides assistant surgeon services.

Licensed by the Texas Medical Board.

Occupational therapist

Provides:

  • occupational therapy services recommended or prescribed by a physician;
  • home modifications assessment; and/or
  • job analysis and job-site modifications assessment.

Licensed by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners to practice in the state where services are rendered.

Optometrist

Provides vision examinations.

Licensed by the Texas Optometry Board.

Ophthalmologist

Specializes in diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for diseases of the eye

M.D. (doctor of medicine) licensed by the state of Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to practice in the state where services are rendered.

Pedorthist

Fabricates and supplies below-the-ankle orthotics.

Certified by the Board for the Certification in Pedorthics. (C.Ped: certified pedorthists).

Physical therapist

Provides:

  • physical therapy services recommended or prescribed by a physician;
  • home modifications assessment; and/or
  • job analysis and job-site modifications assessment.

Licensed by the Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners to practice in the state where services are rendered.

Physician

Provides medical examinations and/or treatment.

conditions.

M.D. (doctor of medicine) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to practice in the state where services are rendered.

Physician assistant

Provides medical examinations, medication management, and/or treatment.

Licensed by the Texas Physician Assistant Board.

Podiatrist

Provides medical examinations and treatment for foot conditions.

Licensed by the Podiatric Medical Examiners Board. (D.P.M.: doctor of podiatric medicine).

Prosthetist and orthotist

Fabricates and supplies prostheses and orthotics.

Licensed by the State Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nurse

Provides evaluation, goal-oriented or problem-centered counseling services, and/or medication management.

Licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Psychologist

Provides or supervises the provision of psychological services.

When an individual under the supervision of the licensed psychologist provides services, the licensed psychologist must sign all reports.

Licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists or licensed to practice in the state where service rendered (unless exempt).

Community-based behavioral health and developmental disability services centers and some state agencies are exempt from the licensing act.

Registered nurse first assistant (RNFA)

Provides assistant surgeon services.

Licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Social Worker

Provides goal-oriented or problem-centered counseling services for DRS consumers as recommended or prescribed by a psychiatrist and/or psychologist.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Community-based behavioral health and developmental disability services centers and some state agencies are exempt from the licensing act.

Specialist physician

Performs examinations, treatment, and/or surgery.

Physician certified by an American Medical Specialty Board, or the American Osteopathy Specialty Board in the needed specialty.

When a board certified physician is not available, refer the consumer to the Texas Medical Board Look Up a License page to gather information about the education and experience of physician without board certification.

Speech and language pathologist

Provides, with concurrence of a physician, speech and hearing therapy after surgery or trauma affecting speech.

Certified as a speech-language pathologist by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Speech trainer

Provides speech training in both expressive (speech language production) and receptive (lip and speech reading) language.

May also evaluate and provide training in the use of speech augmentation devices.

Certified as a speech-language pathologist by the State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.