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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HPMP program?

Virginia HPMP is a recovery monitoring and support program for healthcare professionals who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder, a mental health or physical condition that may alter their ability to practice their profession safely. Participation in the program provides individualized referrals for treatment and monitoring to assist practitioners with their progress toward recovery to provide self-health and patient safety.

What is an impaired professional?

An impaired professional is one who is unable to practice their profession safely that could be due to mental illness, substance abuse, or a physical condition.

Is my participation confidential?

We highly value the confidentiality of our participants as well as the confidentiality of those reporting concerns of actual or potential impairment of a health care professional. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us for assistance. Early intervention could save someone’s life.

How do I get started?

If you or someone you know could use the assistance of HPMP and would like to get started, or have questions, contact the Virginia HPMP toll-free at 1-866-206-4747 or email

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

Will this result in disciplinary action?

In many cases, voluntary participation may avoid disciplinary action and, in the absence of criminal behavior or Board action, public records may not be generated.  

What can I expect?

Upon contacting the HPMP intake representative you will be asked basic information and then scheduled for a more in-depth consultation, this consultation will last one to possibly two hours depending on your particular situation.  Once you decide to enter HPMP, you must sign a participation contract outlining program requirements.

We will need to obtain additional information from collateral sources and you will be asked to sign a release of information form for us to obtain this information.  Upon gathering this information, we will inform you of requirements in the form of a recovery monitoring contract outlining your specific contract terms.  Monitoring includes various ways in which a participant’s compliance can be verified and documented. 

Contract terms often include:

Virginia HPMP believes in being transparent with program participants, ensuring you are aware of recommendations and expectations.  As such, we will assign a dedicated case manager to you, require you to attend a program orientation session and also provide a program handbook to you. 

What is the cost?

Enrollment in the monitoring program is free. However, any costs associated with treatment and/or toxicology screenings are the responsibility of the participant.  We encourage participants to work with treatment providers covered by their individual insurance plans.  Our third-party toxicology screening vendor will also assist participants with payment plans or deferred payment plans for screening costs as needed.

How long is program participation?

Program participation vary in length from 1-5 years based on diagnosis:

However, program participation length is entirely case by case and is tailored to your specific needs and how well you are progressing.  We want to ensure that you are healthy and maintaining optimal physical, mental, and emotional health to cope with the stressors of recovery before program completion.

Can I practice while in the program? 

We often require you to refrain from practice during the initial assessment phase, the timeframe is entirely case by case and is tailored to your specific needs.  Our goal is to return you to practice, when it is safe for yourself and your clients, patients and colleagues.  We will work with your treatment providers and workplace on the requirements of returning to practice and the policies and procedures that are determined for you to ensure transparency of HPMP expectations.

Is Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) allowed? 

Yes, participants with a diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder will be referred to a licensed physician who have experience in the treatment of opioid addiction for a thorough evaluation to obtain the physician’s recommendation.  Based on the physician’s recommendations and consultation with HPMP, specific monitoring requirements will be outlined in your recovery monitoring contract tailored for your needs.

Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program