Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Regulatory Services Division registers and regulates licensed chemical dependency counselors in Texas. This webpage contains information about these professionals including licensure requirements, how to file a complaint, how to contact our office, and more.

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This program also registers counselor interns and clinical training institutions, which are facilities authorized to provide substance use treatment in which registered counselor interns gain the clinical experience needed to become licensed chemical dependency counselors.

HHSC Program Activities

  • Verify credentials
  • Issue initial and renewal licenses/registrations to qualified applicants
  • Investigate complaints
  • Deny, revoke or suspend licenses after opportunity for a hearing has been offered

For all other information related to substance use, refer to the HHSC Mental Health & Substance Use homepage.

Scope of Practice

A licensed chemical dependency counselor is licensed to provide chemical dependency counseling services involving the application of principles, methods and procedures of the chemical dependency profession as defined by the profession's ethical standards and the knowledge, skills and abilities as defined by rule in Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Chapter 140, Subchapter I. The license does not qualify a person to provide services outside this scope of practice.

The scope of practice for a licensed chemical dependency counselor includes services that address substance use or dependence and its impact on the service recipient subject to the following:

  • The counselor is prohibited from using techniques that exceed their professional competence.
  • The service recipient can only be the person involved with substance use, family member or any other person involved in a significant relationship with a person involved with substance use.
  • An LCDCs can diagnose substance disorders.
  • An LCDC is not qualified to treat a person with a mental health disorder or provide family counseling to an individual presenting problems that do not include substance use.

The Practice of Chemical Dependency Counseling is defined by rule as "providing or offering to provide chemical dependency counseling services involving the application of the principles, methods and procedures of the chemical dependency counseling profession as defined by the activities listed in the domains of Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 "Addictions Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice" published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

Find a Licensee/Registrant

Regulatory Services Online Licensing System

Rosters

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Roster (Excel)
Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Training Institute Roster (Excel)

State Licensing Law

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 504

State Licensing Rules

Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Chapter 140, Subchapter I

Enforcement Actions

Final Disciplinary Actions - License Denial, Surrender, Revocation, Probated Suspension, Reprimand and Administrative Penalty

HHSC posts a list of enforcement actions (PDF) on this website for a total of seven years from the date the licensed individual meets all the terms of the Order in accordance with our records retention schedule. Please note an individual on this list may now be currently licensed, in good standing, and practicing without any restrictions.

For Enforcement Inquiries, please contact:

Toll free: 888-973-0022
Phone: 512-834-6634

Fax: 512-834-6623
Email: Professional.Licensing.Enforcement@hhsc.state.tx.us

Mailing Address:
Texas Health and Human Services
Regulatory Services Division, Enforcement Unit
Mail Code 1866
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Open Records

There is no specific form for submitting your open records request. Your request must be in writing and may be submitted by mail, fax or email. Include enough description and detail about the information requested so we can accurately identify and locate the information. List your name and mailing and email address so we can provide you with the requested information. We may also provide you with an itemized statement of charges, if applicable, or notify you if the information you are requesting cannot be provided promptly.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Professional Licensing Open Records
Mail Code 1982
PO Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Email: plcrecords@hhs.texas.gov

Phone: 512-438-5809
FAX: 512-438-5289

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Texas Health and Human Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Email: lcdc@hhs.texas.gov
Telephone: 512-438-5446
Fax: 512-438-5289