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Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program

The Virginia Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program (HPMP) is an alternative to disciplinary action for qualified healthcare practitioners with a substance use diagnosis, a mental health or physical diagnosis, that may alter their ability to practice their profession safely.  HPMP refers healthcare professionals for appropriate treatment and provides ongoing monitoring of treatment progress. 

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The goal for each participant is to assist and support the recovery process, including achieving and maintaining optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. The HPMP team has the expertise to help practitioners skillfully navigate their return to safe and productive clinical practice.

The Department of Health Professions (DHP) contracts with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Department of Psychiatry to provide services including:

  • Intake to determine program eligibility.
  • Referrals to providers for clinical assessment and treatment.
  • Monitoring of treatment progress and clinical practice.
  • Alcohol and drug toxicology screens when indicated.

Participation in the program is voluntary. Disciplinary action may be avoided and, in the absence of criminal behavioral or Board action, public records may not be generated. For those participants with Board involvement, our team provides support including participant preparation for hearings and providing the Board with documentation or testimony of monitoring compliance.

HPMP services are available to anyone who holds a current, active license, certification or registration by a health regulatory board in Virginia or a multi-state licensure privilege OR is an applicant for initial or reinstatement of licensure, certification, or registration for up to one year from the date of receipt of their application.

Our experienced team is available to confidentially answer your questions and receive referrals, including self-referrals.

Contact Us

Call: 1-866-206-4747
Fax: 804-828-5386

VCU HPMP Leadership Team

Joel Steinberg, M.D.
Medical Director

Amy Ressler, LCSW
Administrative Director



Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program

Christina C. Buisset, HPMP Program Manager