Patients and mental health providers scored a major win recently when the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors rejected a bad telehealth regulatory proposal. The proposed rule would have required initial in-person visits and in-state residency requirements for licensed counselors using telehealth. Almost 80 percent of Texas counties have mental health professional shortages, and the Board’s proposal would have more harmful implications for Texas clients seeking access to an already sparse mental health network. The Board received overwhelming opposition to the regulatory proposal including a letter from ATA. Click here to read ATA’s letter to the Texas Board.
Click here to view the 2016 legislative matrix to learn more about pending telemedicine legislation. Mark your calendars and join the ATA policy team to discuss these proposals and more state policy developments on the next state policy webinar Thursday, March 24th at 2pm ET. Register here.