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TDLR Health Monitor - August 2018 Edition
September 1, 2018
Articles in this August 2018 edition of The Health Monitor include an update on behavior analyst licensing; online supervision reporting for audiologists; TDLR’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2023; rule amendments for the mold program and orthotists and prosthetists program; criminal conviction guidelines for registered sanitarians and code enforcement officers; information for dietitians on telehealth practices; and outreach activities.
The TDLR Health Monitor is a quarterly newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s medical and health-related programs. Archives of past editions of the TDLR Health Monitor can be viewed here.
Dyslexia Therapy: One Year Update
October 12, 2017
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred the Dyslexia Therapy program from the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).
The program transfer took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved services at a lower cost to Texans, TDLR reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction and reduced the following fees for the Dyslexia Therapy program:
|Dyslexia Therapy||DSHS Fee||TDLR Fee||$ Reduced||% Reduced|
|Criminal History Evaluation Letter||$50||$25||$25||50%|
We’ve also reduced the word count in the Dyslexia Therapy program administrative rules to make them clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:
|Dyslexia Therapy||DSHS Rules||TDLR Rules||Word Difference||% Reduced|
|Administrative Rules Word Count||12,025||4,016||8,009||67%|
At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 4,472 Dyslexia program email subscribers were contacted 10 times (44,720 emails delivered) so that we could share information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. In addition, all interested parties were welcomed at two public meetings of the Dyslexia Therapy Advisory Committee (4/13/17 & 8/8/17).
TDLR is delivering on our promise to promote transparency and accountability, protect the health and safety of all Texans, and eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business. We look forward to serving you for many years to come, and always appreciate any feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response
September 14, 2017
On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.
The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.
This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.
For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov
TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:
- Athletic Trainers
- Dyslexia Therapy
- Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.
Advisory Committee Meeting
September 24, 2018 Meeting
The Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners Advisory Committee met September 24, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Previous Meeting - June 18, 2018
About the Dyslexia Therapy Program
The Dyslexia Therapy program licenses and regulates licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners. Licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners are dyslexia educators in Texas that have met the minimum amount of coursework, clinical experience, demonstration lessons, and required examinations for each title. A license is required to use the titles “Licensed Dyslexia Therapist” and “Licensed Dyslexia Practitioner”. Please note that the licensing law does not require a school district to employ a licensed individual. This is a voluntary licensure program, and educators may continue to provide services to those with dyslexia without being licensed.
Licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners are authorized to provide multisensory structured language education. Multisensory structured language education is a program described by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) for the treatment of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders that provides instruction in the skills of reading, writing, and spelling.
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability caused by the brain’s inability to recognize words, letters, symbols, and/or sounds. These difficulties can cause repeated spelling errors, reading problems, and trouble sounding out words. People with dyslexia often have trouble linking letter symbols to sounds.
FOR MORE INFORMATION - Send an email to email@example.com or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.