The job of the Texas Psychology Board is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas. They do this by ensuring each person who is a psychology professional and holds a license as a psychologist or other psychology professional in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely. This means the Texas Psychology Board has the authority to discipline the license of any doctor or other health professional. Chelle Law’s Texas Psychology Board Attorneys have represented over 1000 health care professionals before licensing boards and have the experience needed to help psychologists with Texas Psychology Board matters. We can assist all health professionals with Texas Psychology Board issues, including:
- Licensed Psychologists
- Provisionally License Psychologist
- Licensed Psychological Associate
- Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Texas Psychologist Complaint
Who can file a complaint against a psychologist? Patients, Health Care Facilities, other professionals, among others. When the Texas Psychology Board receives a complaint, the Board will initiate an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed). After this happens, the psychologist will receive notice and the board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial for psychologists as they must submit a response, interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at a Texas Psychology Board.
Psychologist Application Denial Assistance
Applicants to the Texas Psychology Board who have a criminal history or previous discipline by the Texas Psychology Board (or any other Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Board.
Reporting a Criminal Charge to the Texas Psychology Board
Psychologists are required to report not only convictions and deferred adjudications, but also arrests on their bi-annual license renewal. However, other crimes may need to be reported immediately. Per Texas Administrative Code Rule 469.11 psychologists and others regulated by the Board are required to report legal actions as follows:
- Any conviction, sentence, dispositive agreement, or order placing the licensee on community supervision or pretrial diversion, must be reported in writing to the Board within thirty days of the underlying event. A report must include the case number, court, and county where the matter is filed, together with a description of the matter being reported. A licensee shall provide copies of court documents upon request from agency staff.
- A complaint shall be opened if a reported criminal action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action as set forth in the Act at §501.401.
Psychology Board Administrative Appeal and Hearing
Any licensee may request an appeal of an Texas Psychology Board disciplinary action to an administrative law judge with the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In some instances, a case is sent automatically to hearing. The administrative hearing is conducted by OAH before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but is similar. Each party presents evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening and closing argument which should explain why the judge should rule one way or the other. A psychologist’s attorney can cross examine witnesses and testify on his or her behalf. After the hearing, the ALJ reviews the transcripts, evidence and makes a recommendation. However, the Board makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify the ALJ’s decision. If n individuals feels there has been a mistake they can request a rehearing.
Texas Psychologist Disciplinary Actions
Texas Psychology Board disciplinary actions are given to psychologists with a license or certification in Texas. If the Board determines formal disciplinary action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Texas laws and regulations. Thus, at a Board Meeting the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation. The Board even lists Board Licensees with Disciplinary Sanctions through a Board Disciplinary Actions document on the website. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the psychologist formal discipline. Disciplinary actions can include:
- Administrative Penalty (fine)
- Professional Development
- Voluntary Surrender
Psychology Attorney Assistance
If you’re interested in setting up a consultation with our Texas Psychology Board Attorney at Chelle Law or learning more about any of the services we provide to Texas psychologists we invite you to reach out to us today.