Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Program Home Page

In the coming months HHSC will undertake a complete review and revision of Chapter 140, Subchapter I of the Texas Administrative Code (LCDC Rules).  In accordance with the HHSC policy on rule revision, a work-group is being established to provide stakeholder input on the proposed changes.  The workgroup will be made up of members from the following groups:

  • Education Providers
  • Certification Providers
  • Facility Representatives
  • Private Practitioners

The workgroup will consist of eight members and will meet once per month for three to four months.  Each meeting will be held in Austin, TX and last between two and four hours.  During these meetings the workgroup will provide input on the rules and any proposed changes.  

NOTE – Attendance at these meetings will be on a volunteer basis.  HHSC cannot provide reimbursement for travel expenses related to this workgroup.

When the workgroup meetings are complete, the proposed rule changes will be submitted to the Commission for approval.  If approved, those changes will then be published in the Texas Register and follow the rule adoption process mandated by state law.
If you fall within one of the four categories listed above and would like to participate in the workgroup, please send an email with the subject “LCDC Rule Review Workgroup” to with the following information:

  • Name
  • City
  • Contact Phone Number
  • Category (of those listed above)

HHSC will select members with the intent of creating a membership as geographically diverse as possible.  The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2019.  The kickoff meeting will be held in August.  


Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that registers and regulates Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas. This website 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 (CTIs), which are facilities authorized to provide substance abuse treatment in which registered Counselor Interns may gain the clinical experience needed to become Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. 

For all other information related to Substance Abuse, please see the DSHS Substance Abuse home page:

Attention All Applications: Background Check Process Improvements  

The process for obtaining a criminal history for applicants has changed. Effective immediately, fingerprint cards have been phased out. The licensing program has implemented the FAST, or Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas, process. This involves the electronic scanning of an applicant’s fingerprints, then submitting them electronically to the Texas Department of Public Safety for processing. A background check will be obtained more quickly, thus reducing application processing time. Also, the chance of rejection of a set of fingerprints for lack of quality is significantly reduced. For more information, please see page three of the appropriate licensure application, which can be downloaded by selecting this link.

Attention  – Online Search Verification Now Available 

Now you can perform a real-time search for licensees online, and you can even print a license verification. For more information, click the “Live Online Search Verification” link under the “Find A Licensee” heading to the left.

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Last updated June 18, 2019