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TDLR Health Monitor - September 2019 Edition

Articles in this September 2019 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Podiatry Rule Amendments Adopted
  • New Criminal Conviction Guidelines & Penalty Matrix
  • Deregulation of Orthotic and Prosthetic Technicians
  • Prescription Monitoring Program Requirements
  • Fingerprinting Requirements for Podiatrists
  • Midwives Educational Summit Recap
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Professional Organizations Merge

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.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist with Tropical Storm Imelda Disaster Response

On September 19, 2019 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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster response operations.

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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the TDLR by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: recovery@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov.

Vacancy on Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces one vacancy on the Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners Advisory Committee (Committee) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 403 (Act). The purpose of the Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) regarding rules relating to the licensure and regulation of dyslexia therapists and dyslexia practitioners, including continuing education requirements and the approved examinations for licensure. This announcement is for:

  • one consumer or public member.

The Committee consists of five members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval. The Committee consists of the following members:

  1. two dyslexia therapists licensed under the Act;
  2. one dyslexia practitioner licensed under the Act; and
  3. two consumer or public members, one of whom must be a person with dyslexia or the parent of a person with dyslexia.

Members serve staggered six-year terms, at the will of the Commission. The terms of three of the members begin on December 31st of each odd-numbered year. Service is voluntary and compensation is not authorized by law.

Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800-803-9202) or by email (advisory.boards@tdlr.texas.gov).

This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Committee.

Dyslexia Therapy: One Year Update

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%
Reinstatement Fee $50 $0 $50 100%

 

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: cs.dyslexia@tdlr.texas.gov

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

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
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapy
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • 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

The Dyslexia Therapy Advisory Committee met June 18, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.


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 cs.dyslexia@tdlr.texas.gov or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.