January 14, 2020      4:58 PM
Behavioral Council finds its footing as four boards merge licensing, enforcement activities
The state’s new Behavioral Health Executive Council
– created during the Sunset process last session – is still
finding its footing as it moves toward its September 1 creation.
Today’s day-long meeting was the continuation of work begun
last October, as interim director Darrell Spinks led the nine-member
panel through discussions of a possible organization chart, a draft record
retention policy and a transition plan for the council.
The council, created with the passage of House Bill
1501 last session, pulls four behavioral health boards under one umbrella
licensing agency. During open comments today, Jan Friese of the Texas
Counseling Association urged the council to post information on the ongoing
individual boards and their activities, making it easily accessible to the
By Kimberly Reeves