Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) in Pennsylvania

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The Professional Health Monitoring Programs (PHMP) of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) is a method by which professionals suffering from a physical or mental impairment, such as drug or alcohol addiction, will be given the opportunity to seek appropriate treatment and be monitored in their practice. The PHMP includes two programs, the Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP) and the Disciplinary Monitoring Unit (DMU).

If you have been accused of a drug or alcohol violation and your professional career is now in jeopardy, a Professional Health Monitoring Program can help you protect your license and your future. To learn more about PHMP, contact the Philadelphia attorneys at The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn.

Voluntary Recovery Programs (VRP)

The VRP offers a confidential treatment and monitoring program for professionals suffering from drug and alcohol or mental health issues.

To be eligible for VRP enrollment, a licensee must enter into a consent agreement with the licensing board for a period no less than three years. This agreement will stipulate that disciplinary action will be deferred while the licensee adheres to the terms and conditions of the treatment program.

If the licensee fails to adhere to the terms of the consent agreement, the licensee may be subject to an automatic three-year minimum suspension of his or her license. If a licensee successfully fulfills the terms of the consent agreement, no disclosure of public record is made of his or her participation in the VRP Program.

Disciplinary Monitoring Unit (DMU)

After the licensing board has placed a licensee on probation, the DMU monitors that probation in order to determine that the licensee complies with all terms imposed by the licensing board. All of the BPOA licensing boards may refer licensees to the DMU for monitoring.

Nursing is a stressful profession, and substance abuse among nursing staff is, unfortunately, all too common. And yet, nurses are often reluctant to seek help. To learn more about the issues facing nurses who are struggling with substance abuse, read this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for which attorney Brian Quinn was a contributor.

Contact The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn

Our lawyers have extensive experience helping Pennsylvania professionals protect their careers and prospects through professional health monitoring programs. To contact our law firm, fill out our online form or call 866-657-7318.