The Texas Tribune reports:
After backlash from lawmakers and advocates, a state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that would have allowed social workers to turn away clients who are LGBTQ or have a disability.
The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council voted unanimously to restore protections for LGBTQ and disabled clients to Texas social workers’ code of conduct just two weeks after removing them.
Gloria Canseco, who was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the behavioral health council, expressed regret that the previous rule change was “perceived as hostile to the LGBTQ+ community or to disabled persons.”
Breaking: Texas social workers will no longer be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and people with disabilities.
A state board voted Tuesday to undo a rule change that had drawn backlash from lawmakers and advocates. https://t.co/OQS9AXcuA6
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) October 27, 2020