BILL ANALYSIS State Affairs Committee 05-07-95 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND In 1993, The Legislature enacted a law requiring all mental health therapists and counselors to be licensed; art therapists were omitted. As a result, Medicare has stated that it will not fund art therapy since the field is not licensed. PURPOSE HB 2457 establishes the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Art Therapists. HB 2457 also establishes licensing requirements and regulations for art therapists in the State of Texas. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill grants rulemaking authority to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Art Therapists in SECTIONS 6, 6A, 11, 13, 14B, 14C, 14D, 14E, and 17. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Establishes the short title of this act as "the Licensed Professional Art Therapist Act." SECTION 1A. Policy Statement. SECTION 2. Defines "Board", "Department", "Applicant", "Graduate semester hour", "Licensee", "Licensed professional art therapist", "Practice of art therapy", "Art therapy services," and "referral". SECTION 3. Provides for exceptions to this act. SECTION 4. Establishes the nature and composition of the board. Also establishes required credentials for the different board positions. Sets the terms of office for board members. Establishes who may not be a member or employee of the board due to conflicts of interest. SECTION 5. Establishes qualifications necessary to be appointed to the board. SECTION 6. States that the governor shall designate one member to serve as chairman of the board. The board shall hold at least two regular meetings each year as provided by rules adopted by the board. This section also establishes the responsibilities of the board. SECTION 6A. The board shall develop, by rule, a method of responding to complaints. The board must provide a toll-free number that may be called to present a complaint about a health profession if the toll-free number is established under other state law. SECTION 6B. States that the board shall promote the public's ability to participate in board hearings. SECTION 6C. The board shall prepare a written plan describing how one who does not speak English can be provided reasonable access to the board's programs. The board must also comply with federal and state laws for program and facility accessibility. SECTION 6D. Establishes that each board member shall comply with their training. The board shall provide information regarding qualifications to members and employees. SECTION 6E. Establishes training and guidelines for the board members. The member must complete at least one course of training prior to assuming responsibilities. SECTION 7. States that members of the board are entitled to per diem allowances as set by the General Appropriations Act. SECTION 8. Establishes the requirements of board personnel. Establishes responsibilities of the board personnel. SECTION 9. Establishes qualifications necessary for an art therapist applicant. SECTION 10. States that 30 days before the examination date, the board shall review application material and notify the applicant of acceptance or rejection of application. SECTION 11. Establishes the Art Therapy Certification Exam. SECTION 12. Establishes policies dealing with issuance and renewal of licenses. SECTION 13. States that unless the person has been provided with an exemption, one may not engage in the practice of Art Therapy. An offense under this section is a Class B misdemeanor. SECTION 14. Establishes disciplinary actions which the board may take against violators. SECTION 14A.Establishes procedures for the temporary suspension of licenses. SECTION 14B.Establishes a complaint procedure. SECTION 14C.Allows the adoption of rules concerning the investigation of a complaint filed with the board. SECTION 14D.Allows the adoption of rules concerning informal disposition of contested cases and informal proceedings. SECTION 14E.The board shall adopt rules for monitoring licensees' compliance. SECTION 15. The board is allowed to instigate a suit to enjoin a violation of this Act. SECTION 16. The board may grant a provisional license to one who fulfills the requirements outlined by this section. SECTION 17. States that all money paid to the department shall be deposited in the State Treasury. Allows for the board to establish rules to set necessary fees. The board may not set a fee for an amount less that the amount of that fee on September 1, 1995. SECTION 18. Provides for an annual report to be submitted to the Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House by the board. Report must be submitted no later than 90 days after the last day of each state fiscal year. SECTION 19. The board is subject to Sunset provisions and is abolished September 1, 2005. SECTION 20. Emergency clause. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE The original defines "counseling services," "practice of counseling", "counseling", and "appraisal activities" and the substitute deletes these definitions. The substitute set up a 3 member board, whereas the original established a 5 member board. The substitute also allows the board to meet in emergency meetings at the call of the chair. The substitute also adds a provision that the board shall adopt fees to cover the costs of administering this act. The substitute provides that the board shall adopt the national Certification Examination in Art Therapy of the Art Therapy Credentials Board as the examination required under Section 11 for the biennium ending August 31, 1995. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTION Pursuant of public posting, the House Committee on State Affairs met in Public Hearing on April 19, 1995 to consider HB 2457. The chair laid out HB 2457 and recognized Rep. Tillery to explain the bill. The Chair recognized the following persons to testify for the bill: Carmen Drew, M.Ed, A.T.R. representing herself, Anna Scott representing himself, Anita Mester, A.J.R.-B.C.,L.P.C., L.C.D.C. representing American Art Therapy Association, Inc., Teresa Jackson representing American Art Licensing, Inc., Stephanie Woodruff representing herself, Tracey McCullick representing Capitol Art Therapy Association, Anastasia Mouzouris Phillips representing Capitol Art Therapy Association, Linda Lea McCarley, LMSW, ATR-BC representing herself, Jan Quirl representing herself, Susan Roller representing herself, Patricia H. Grajkowski representing herself, David W. Cramer, PhD. representing himself, David G. McCarley, PhD representing himself and Joan Phillips, MA, MS, LMFT, LPC, ATR-BC representing the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. The Chair recognized the following person to testify against the bill: G.K. Sprinkle representing the Texas Counseling Association. The chair left HB 2457 pending. On May 6, 1995, the House State Affairs Committee met in formal meeting to consider HB 2657. The committee considered a complete substitute which was adopted without objection. The bill was reported favorably as substituted with the recommendation that it pass and do be printed, and be sent to the Committee on Local and Consent Calendars, by a vote of 9 aye, 0 nay, 0 pnv, and 6 absent.