Health Professionals’ Services Program – Self-Referral
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In 2010, the OHA (Oregon Health Authority) put a Health Professionals’ Service Program (HPSP) in place to monitor nurses and other health professionals who have a substance abuse disorder and/or a mental health disorder.
Your participation in the HPSP program is completely confidential, and information is only released after you’ve signed a consent form (with the exception of certain circumstances dictated by state or federal law).
The HPSP’s monitoring includes:
•random toxicology testing
•oversight of your treatment (whether it’s for substance abuse or mental health)
•safe practice evaluations
•medical review officer oversight
To qualify for the HPSP as a self-referral, you must have a diagnosis of substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder.
If you refer yourself to the HPSP and complete 4 years of monitoring, (including 2 years of supervised practice), and comply with all of the terms of your monitoring, you’ll successfully complete the program without any nursing board involvement.
If you complete the HPSP, there will not be any public record against your license; whereas, if you were put on probation by the OSBN, this would be a public document that is posted on the OSBN website.
Please make note: Kevin Keaney has over 30 years experience as an attorney, as well as 6 years experience as a practicing nurse. His law office is located in Portland, and he helps nurses in Oregon, Washington, and Texas with nursing license defense issues.
Kevin Keaney is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington, as well as Texas, where he can also help nurses who need an attorney.