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Texas lawmaker releases plan to recruit psychiatrists to the Lone Star State

Lawmaker files legislation for development of an expedited licensure process for out-of-state psychiatrists.

Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner filed legislation Friday that lays the groundwork for creating an expedited licensure process for out-of-state psychiatrists seeking to treat Texas patients, reports.

The effort is meant to help ease the state’s mental health care shortage. More than three-quarters of Texas’ counties are Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas that have fewer than one mental health clinician per 30,000 people, according to

To learn more about the expedited licensure process, including requirements for psychiatrists, read the full article on

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