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 abuse treatment in which registered counselor interns gain the clinical experience needed to become licensed chemical dependency counselors.

Program Activities

  • Evaluate 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 chemical dependency, see the HHSC chemical dependency 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 25 TAC Ch. 441 (relating to general provisions). The license does not qualify a person to provide services outside this scope of practice.

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

  • The counselor is prohibited from using techniques that exceed his or her professional competence.
  • The service recipient can only be the user, family member or any other person involved in a significant relationship with an active user.
  • LCDCs can diagnose substance disorders, but anything other than a mental health diagnostic impression must be determined by a qualified professional.
  • LCDCs are not qualified to treat people with a mental health disorder or provide family counseling to people whose presenting problems do not include chemical dependency.

The Practice of Chemical Dependency Counseling Services 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 TAP 21 "Addictions Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice" published by Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

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Licensing Statutes

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 504

  • Chapter 110 — Sex offender treatment providers
  • Chapters 151-165 — Physicians (including psychiatrists)
  • Chapters 301-304 — Nurses
  • Chapter 501 — Psychologists
  • Chapter 502 — Marriage and family therapists
  • Chapter 503 — Professional counselors
  • Chapter 504 — Chemical dependency counselors
  • Chapter 505 — Social workers

Laws for Mental Health Practitioners

Enforcement Actions

Final Disciplinary Actions - License Denial, Surrender, Revocation

Further information, including a copy of the final order, is available upon written request from our office.

Final Disciplinary Actions - All Other, including Probated Suspension, Reprimand, and Administrative Penalty

Read the enforcement actions (PDF) that will be posted on this website for a total of seven (7) years from the date all the terms of the Order have been met, in accordance with our records retention schedule. The regulated individual may now be currently licensed, in good standing, and practicing without any restrictions.

For Enforcement Enquiries, please contact:

Sylvia Darnell
Phone: 512-834-6768

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Texas Health and Human Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Telephone: 512-834-6605
Fax: 512-834-6677