Victory! Marriage and Family Therapists Can't Diagnose

In a scope-of-practice victory for medicine, the Supreme Court of Texas upheld the Third Court of Appeals' decision that the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists' (MFT's) diagnostic assessment rule exceeds the scope of marriage and family therapy. 

On Dec. 31, 2015, TMA filed a response brief with the Texas Supreme Court in regard to Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists and Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy v. Texas Medical Association. The brief argued MFT's rule authorizing marriage and family therapists to diagnose any and all known mental disorders is not within the scope of practice set forth in state law. "The common, ordinary meaning of the words used in the statute and the accepted definition of diagnosis do not provide authority for marriage and family therapists to diagnose mental disorders or for the MFT board to adopt a rule authorizing them to do so," TMA's brief states.

Action, June 15, 2016

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June 26, 2019

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