The Consequences Of A DUI For A Health Care Provider
The health care boards have stepped up their investigations of health care workers who have been arrested on suspicion of DUI. The boards have contracted with a company to investigate arrests of health care workers. What we are finding is that shortly after an arrest, health care workers are being notified by the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) that they may be eligible for the Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP). The letter informs the licensee that he or she should schedule a drug and alcohol evaluation with an approved evaluator, typically within seven days. Failure to schedule this evaluation will result in your VRP file being closed and your information forwarded to the Department of State’s Legal Division for further review and appropriate action.
If you are found to be eligible for the VRP, you will be monitored for three years.
- You will be required to refrain from using alcohol and all mind-altering drugs.
- You will be required to call in daily for three years to determine if you will be required to give a urine screen. A participant is typically selected to give a urine screen two to four times per month.
- You will be required to participate in drug and alcohol counseling.
- You will be required to attend AA or NA meetings, usually three times per week.
- Your employer must be notified of your participation in the VRP and it will be required to submit quarterly reports to the VRP.
- There may also be restrictions placed on your ability to practice your profession.
Failure to adhere to VRP rules can result in a suspension of your license.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI or any other crime, it is important that you obtain the services of a criminal attorney who is familiar with the licensing law.
I can assist you and your criminal attorney with regard to all issues involving your health care license. I have been representing health care professionals in licensing matters and criminal matters for over 25 years.
It is important that you contact me when you receive this letter from the PHMP and before you schedule the evaluation. The results of that evaluation will have an impact on your ability to continue practicing your profession.
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Many health care professionals who are arrested on suspicion of DUI do not have alcohol or substance abuse problems. It is important that you know your rights and that you are under no obligation to attend this evaluation.