Health & Safety Code Section 242.312
Complaint Receipt, Investigation, and Disposition
(a)The department shall keep an information file concerning each complaint filed with the department regarding a person licensed under this subchapter. The department’s information file shall be kept current and shall contain a record for each complaint of:
(1)all persons contacted in relation to the complaint;
(2)a summary of findings made at each step of the complaint process;
(3)an explanation of the legal basis and reason for a complaint that is dismissed; and
(4)other relevant information.
(b)If a written complaint is filed with the department that the department has authority to resolve, the department, at least quarterly and until final disposition of the complaint, shall notify the parties to the complaint of the status of the complaint unless the notice would jeopardize an undercover investigation.
(c)The executive commissioner by rule shall adopt a form to standardize information concerning complaints made to the department. The executive commissioner by rule shall prescribe information to be provided to a person when the person files a complaint with the department.
(d)The department shall provide reasonable assistance to a person who wishes to file a complaint with the department.
(e)The executive commissioner shall adopt rules concerning the investigation of complaints filed with the department. The rules adopted under this subsection shall:
(1)distinguish between categories of complaints;
(2)ensure that complaints are not dismissed without appropriate consideration;
(3)require that the executive commissioner be advised at least quarterly of complaints that have been dismissed and require that a letter be sent to each person who has filed a complaint that is dismissed explaining the action taken on the complaint;
(4)ensure that the person who filed the complaint has an opportunity to explain the allegations made in the complaint; and
(5)prescribe guidelines concerning the categories of complaints that may require the use of a private investigator and the procedures to be followed by the department in obtaining the services of a private investigator.
(f)The department shall dispose of all complaints in a timely manner. The executive commissioner by rule shall establish a schedule for initiating a complaint investigation that is under the control of the department not later than the 30th day after the date the complaint is received by the department. The schedule shall be kept in the information file for the complaint, and all parties shall be notified of the projected time requirements for pursuing the complaint. A change in the schedule must be noted in the complaint information file and all parties to the complaint must be notified not later than the seventh day after the date the change is made.
(g)The commissioner shall notify the executive commissioner at least quarterly of complaints that have extended beyond the time prescribed by the executive commissioner for resolving complaints so that the department may take any necessary corrective actions on the processing of complaints.
(b)Not later than the 30th day after the date on which a licensing examination is administered under this subchapter, the board shall notify each examinee of the results of the examination. If an examination is graded or reviewed by a national or state testing service, the board shall notify examinees of the results of the examination not later than two weeks after the date the board receives the results from the testing service. If the notice of the examination results will be delayed for more than 90 days after the examination date, the board shall notify the examinee of the reason for the delay before the 90th day.
(c)If requested in writing by a person who fails the licensing examination, the board shall furnish the person with an analysis of the person’s performance on the examination.
(d)The board may establish by rule additional educational requirements to be met by an applicant who fails the examination three times.
Section 242.312 — Complaint Receipt, Investigation, and Disposition,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.242.htm#242.312 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).