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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 public.

By Kimberly Reeves

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