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2020 Interim Agenda

1. Advocate for an appropriate level of funding for the Behavioral Health Executive Council and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to ensure that the Council and the Board have the qualified staffing levels necessary to provide the highest level of services and supports to the profession.

2. 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%.

3. Require that all Medicaid providers, including but not limited to, MCO’s have clear and up-to-date provider manuals that are easily accessible and readily available.  All audits conducted by MCO’s on providers will strictly adhere to MCO contract obligations and their published clear and transparent provider manuals.

4. Advocate for expanded access to telehealth services for Texas residents and providers who travel.

5. Create a regionalized network of reciprocity agreements that allows Texas social workers to provide services with our neighboring states.

6. Increase the funding levels for the mental health loan repayment program run through the THECB, thereby impacting the mental health workforce shortage.

7. 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.

8. Increase the numbers of social workers at CPS and APS to maximize the outcomes for clients and their families.

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

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

10. 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.

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





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