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2019 Legislative Agenda



1.     Support the creation of the Behavioral Health Executive Council to serve as the agency that houses the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. Along with our partners, advocate for an efficient and appropriately funded board aimed at improving the regulatory and investigative process for social workers in Texas.


2.      Add a definition of school social work services to the Texas Education Code, addressing issues related to education performance, school violence and overall student well-being


3.      Create a new position related to Medicaid: Independent Provider Health Plan Monitor, to be placed outside of HHSC, and tasked with overseeing and arbitrating on provider complaints with Medicaid managed care organizations.


4.      Advocate for pay equity between APS and CPS and that staff are recruited from the social work profession.


a.       Require a 4-year degree for all CPS caseworkers with a preference on recruiting master’s and bachelor’s level social workers


5.      Increase pay levels for all social workers by:


a.       Establishing equal reimbursement for licensed clinical social workers who participate in Texas Medicaid when providing the same psychotherapy services, aligning the HHSC and TDI rules;

b.      Allowing social workers under supervision to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to bill Medicaid at 70%

c.       Promoting changes to the enrollment process (such as expedited credentialing) in order to attract and retain qualified providers


6.      Fund more programs in the criminal justice system that place social workers in probation and parole departments, and other settings that involve jail diversion or community reentry.


7.      Ensure that every Texan has access to affordable, quality healthcare, to include women’s reproductive health.


8.      Advocate for Texas to partner with the federal government to ensure that all children and families involved in the immigration process receive supportive services, including contact with a social worker, and are treated humanely and allowed all due process as provided by the law.


9.      Work with partners to advance legislation that promotes and protects the civil rights of all Texans

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