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Disciplinary Actions

Complaints will be reviewed to verify that the statement indicates a potential violation of law or rules. If the complaint indicates a potential violation, we will notify all parties of the status of the complaint approximately every 90 days, until final action is taken. Should a complaint not indicate a potential violation of law or rules, a notice will be submitted to that affect.

A complaint may be investigated informally by staff. In other cases, investigations are conducted by a Texas Department of State Health Services investigator. The complaint may be investigated by telephone, mail or personal interviews. Information and/or documentation will be collected that is relevant to the complaint. After the investigation is completed, the report of investigation will be forwarded to the program for appropriate action. Should you receive a Notice of Complaint letter, Early involvement by experienced legal representation is a crucial element to a successful outcome.

Settlement agreement with stipulations

Instead of proceeding to a formal hearing on the specific allegations, the regulatory authority agreed to resolve the case against the person by mutual consent to certain conditions or requirements. The conditions may include supervised practice, restricted practice, additional continuing education, or other requirements. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.

Administrative penalty - A monetary fine assessed against the person. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.

Settlement agreement with administrative penalty

Instead of proceeding to a formal hearing on the specific allegations, the regulatory authority agreed to resolve the case against the person by mutual consent to certain conditions or requirements. The person must also pay a monetary fine. The conditions may include supervised practice, restricted practice, additional continuing education, or other requirements. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.

Probated suspension with administrative penalty

The license, certificate, registration, permit, or document has been taken away from the person for a certain period of time, but the suspension has been probated and a fine assessed. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity as long as the person pays a monetary fine and meets specific conditions described in an order agreed to by the person and the regulatory authority.

Category of Actions 

  • Revocation - The license, certificate, registration, permit, or document has been taken away from the person. The person may no longer practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.
  • Denial - The person applied for a license, certificate, registration, permit, or document (or applied for renewal of a license, certificate, registration, permit, or document) and the application was denied. The person may not practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.
  • Surrender - The person voluntarily surrendered the person's license, certificate, registration, permit, or document. The person may no longer practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.
  • Suspension - The license, certificate, registration, permit, or document has been taken away from the person for a certain period of time, during which the person may no longer practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity. A suspension is similar to a revocation except that it is for a certain time period.
  • Probated suspension - The license, certificate, registration, permit, or document has been taken away from the person for a certain period of time, but the suspension has been probated. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity as long as the person meets specific conditions described in an order agreed to by the person and the regulatory authority.
  • Reprimand - The regulatory authority mailed a formal letter of reprimand to the person. The person may continue to practice in the field or engage in the regulated activity.

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Rules/Regulations

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Austin, Texas Professional License Defense Attorney Oscar San Miguel represents clients who are located in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Fort Worth, Arlington, Amarillo, Lubbock, Brownsville, Laredo, Harlingen, McAllen, Round Rock, Longview, Travis County, Harris County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, Bexar County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Cameron County, Nueces County, El Paso County, Potter County, Lubbock County, Grayson County, Collin County and throughout Texas.
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