Status of transition of this program to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR):
Senate Bill 202 was enacted into law on September 1, 2015. This law mandated that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) develop a transition plan for the “orderly transfer of powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities” related to the following professions: Athletic Trainers, Dietitians, Dyslexia Therapists, Fitters and Dispensers of Hearing Instruments, Midwives, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. The plan has now been fully executed and is in effect. We are providing this notice in order to keep you apprised of several important steps related to the plan that will be occurring over the next few weeks.
The licensing data held by DSHS will be transmitted to TDLR in mid-September. The current target date for the complete transmission of this data is September 22nd. In order to maintain the integrity of all licensing and related data that must be transmitted to TDLR, DSHS will cease the performance of licensing activities for the above listed professions on September 18th. TDLR will begin performing licensing activities for the transferred professional programs on October 3rd, 2016. This means there will be a gap of approximately two weeks, during which time neither agency will be able to perform licensing functions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this short interruption may cause you; however, this step is essential to ensure the accurate transfer of data.
In an effort to avoid renewal problems for licensees during the transition period, a 60 day license extension has been automatically granted to all licenses that expire in August, September, and October 2016. DSHS has already sent new and updated license cards to licensees that had previous expiration dates set in August and September. The October licensees will receive new licensing cards in the upcoming few weeks.
To access more information about the transition of these professional licensing programs, please go to TDLR’s website, which can be found at: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/newprograms.htm.
Select this link for important information regarding the transfer of licensing programs from DSHS to TDLR
Special Message for Military Personnel, Spouses, and Veterans
Welcome to the home page of Texas Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics. This website will inform you about obtaining and renewing a license to practice as a prosthetist and/or orthotist, a prosthetist and/or orthotist assistant, a prosthetic and/or orthotic technician, or a prosthetic and/or orthotic student in Texas, and obtaining and renewing accreditation for a prosthetic and/or orthotic facility.
Program Activities include:
- Review, update, and adopt rules for the regulation of prosthetic and orthotic professionals and facilities in Texas.
- Review (and approve or deny) applications for licensure, registration, and facility accreditation.
- Receive and process complaints lodged against prosthetic and orthotic professionals, assistants, technicians, and facilities, and those alleged to be practicing without a license.
View the rules on the State of Texas web site
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