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TITLE 25HEALTH SERVICES
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
CHAPTER 140HEALTH PROFESSIONS REGULATION
SUBCHAPTER ILICENSED CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY COUNSELORS
RULE §140.432Request for Criminal History Evaluation Letter

(a) In accordance with Occupations Code, §53.102, a person may request the department to issue a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's eligibility for a license if the person:

  (1) is enrolled or planning to enroll in an educational program that prepares a person for an initial license or is planning to take an examination for an initial license; and

  (2) has reason to believe that the person is ineligible for the license due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense.

(b) A person making a request for issuance of a criminal history evaluation letter shall submit the request on a form prescribed by the department, accompanied by the criminal history evaluation letter fee and the required supporting documentation, as described on the form. The request shall state the basis for the person's potential ineligibility.

(c) The department has the same authority to investigate a request submitted under this section and the requestor's eligibility that the department has to investigate a person applying for a license.

(d) If the department determines that a ground for ineligibility does not exist, the department shall notify the requestor in writing of the determination. The notice shall be issued not later than the 90th day after the date the department received the request form, the criminal history evaluation letter fee, and any supporting documentation as described in the request form.

(e) If the department determines that the requestor is ineligible for a license, the department shall issue a letter setting out each basis for potential ineligibility and the department's determination as to eligibility. The letter shall be issued not later than the 90th day after the date the department received the request form, the criminal history evaluation letter fee, and any supporting documentation as described in the request form. In the absence of new evidence known to but not disclosed by the requestor or not reasonably available to the department at the time the letter is issued, the department's ruling on the request determines the requestor's eligibility with respect to the grounds for potential ineligibility set out in the letter.


Source Note: The provisions of this §140.432 adopted to be effective August 9, 2012, 37 TexReg 5788

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