The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (TSBSWE) regulates the profession of social work in Texas. It operates under the Texas Health and Human Services Commission as of September 1, 2017. The Board is responsible for establishing policy and ensuring an effective social worker regulatory program, with the primary purpose "to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Texas."
The Board is also tasked with investigating complaints made against Texas Licensed Social Workers.
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Complaint Process
If a complaint is filed against you alleging that you have violated Social Worker licensing regulations, you will be notified by the board and given an opportunity to formally respond.
The Board then investigates the complaint. It will gather pertinent documents and contact all parties who may have relevant information. Once the investigation is completed, a report is given to the Ethics Committee of the Board, which will determine whether a violation of licensing regulations has been proven.
If the Ethics Committee determines that a violation occurred, the Board may issue a letter of reprimand, impose probation, or it may deny, suspend, or revoke your license.
Your Rights During the Complaint Process
If the Board takes an adverse action against your license, you have the right to request an administrative review. If you are not satisfied with the results of the administrative review you have the right to a hearing before the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOHA). A SOHA hearing is conducted by an Administrative Law Judge and operates similarly to a courtroom trial, whereby you may present evidence, call witnesses, and cross-examine witnesses called by the Board.
You have the right to representation by an attorney at all stages of the complaint process. In fact, we believe that mounting a strong defense from the very beginning helps to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. We urge you to hire a professional license defense attorney immediately after receiving notice of a complaint filed against you. Your license defense attorney can help you craft a solid and effective initial response to the allegations made against you.
At the Bertolino Law Firm, we can work with you to get your complaint dismissed and prove you did nothing wrong. Our professional license defense attorneys are familiar with handling such professional complaints. We know how to gather evidence and build a strong, successful case.
You Deserve Assistance. We Can Help.
Your career could be in jeopardy due to a complaint filed against you. Don't underestimate the seriousness of such matters. Make sure you have an experienced, aggressive attorney who thoroughly understands state and federal laws and how they apply to your case. Contact BERTOLINO LLP. We work hard for Social Workers. Your case matters here.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action from a professional licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.