Texas Association of Psychological Associates
Representing All Masters-Degreed Psychology Professionals in Texas
Updates on our Law Suit
P.O. Box 601374
Dallas, TX 75360
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We will be posting events on this page
about our legal action against the TSBEP to have the supervision rules removed to comply with the law.
2 December 2011
Our attorney, Jason Ray, filed our Appellate Brief in the Third Court of Appeals on December 2nd. It will be posted on our Members Only page. It focuses on the plain language of the law, that there is NO justification in law for the TSBEP to maintain the Supervision Rules. The TSBEP will have until late in January to reply to the Court.
15 August 2011
Our attorney, Jason Ray, represented TAPA and LPAs very well in our Hearing in District Court on August 15. We will post the Ruling of the Judge as soon as it is available.
12 August 2011
We will SOON have our Hearing!
Our attorney has filed a Brief on the Merits in regard to our case. The TSBEP has responded. The Texas Psychological Association has intervened in the suit, and so has also responded. Our attorney has replied to both, countering their arguments and supporting our position that the TSBEP must remove the Supervision Rules.
The documents that have been filed on our behalf may be read on our Members Only page. The strength of our case is well supported in the details of these Briefs!
30 January 2011
Our Lawsuit is proceeding.
Discovery is going back and forth between TAPA and the TSBEP - all in preparation of Our Day in Court. It seems like a long time has passed, but the legal system provides time lines for each step of the process. The holidays created unavoidable delays, but
our case is proceeding. We feel like we are being very well represented. The facts and the law are on our side!
19 October 2010
View TAPA's filed Petition to the Court here.
An excerpt that is dated by the Court is here.
The Petition asks the Court to declare the Supervision Rules invalid.
The next step is that the TSBEP must respond to the Court.
27 September 2010
Yes! Our Lawsuit has been filed!
We are on our way to get this issue settled, to enable LPAs to work in their profession, and to provide additional services to remedy the current Crisis in Mental Health Care.
We will be posting events here as they occur.
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20 September 2010
The TSBEP Has Responded
The TSBEP's attorney has sent a letter to our attorney refusing our request to change the Supervision Rules. The Board's arguments are not based in the Law. The Law does not justify maintaining the Supervision Rules. Our attorney will be filing our suit on Monday, Sept 27, as planned.
If you have been waiting to see what would happen before getting involved, now we know. See "What You Can Do" below. Join our effort to enable LPAs to work!
Donate to our Legal Fund!
15 August 2010
TAPA has retained the law firm of Riggs Aleshire and Ray, a firm who specializes in Administrative Law. Our attorney, Jason Ray, believes we have a very strong case.
Mr. Ray has written a letter on our behalf which was delivered to the TSBEP on Tuesday, August 12. He also spoke to the Board at their regular meeting on August 14.
Read the Letter here.
If the TSBEP does not act within 45 days from the date of the letter to remove the supervision rules, Mr. Ray, on behalf of TAPA, will file a law suit in District Court to have the Court declare the rules invalid.
What YOU can do-
• We need a Legal Fund to be able to see this through to the end. We don't know what roadblocks may be put in our way, but the law is clear. We must persist!
If you can, donate at least $100 to our cause. This is the best investment you can make in your future. If you can afford more, it will pay big dividends. If you cannot afford the whole amount at once, send it in monthly installments.
Make checks payable to TAPA or contribute with PayPal using the link below.
• Tell your colleagues. We want all the LPAs in Texas to know of this lawsuit and to give it their support. Ask them to look at this webpage and to contribute now.
If you know others who would support our cause, tell them about our website and ask them to contribute. United we are strong and our future will be bright.
• Be sure to send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your check or when you use PayPal. We want to add you to our email list so we can let you know when new information is available.
To Licensed Psychologists:
Since 2005 many of you have called or emailed TAPA to ask how you could hire LPAs. The Supervision Rules have made hiring LPAs a nuisance at best and impossible at worst. You have asked how you could help us. Now you can! Donate to our Legal Fund. Make checks payable to TAPA or donate through PayPal using the link above.
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