Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program
Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.
VaAware.com offers resources for combating RX drug and heroin abuse
In response to this crisis of addiction, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia recommended that state agencies create a comprehensive website. Here is VaAware.com, an online resource developed as an informational tool for all citizens of Virginia.
The site features specific pages for parents, educators, licensed practitioners, law enforcement officers and drug dependents, and offers best practices for recognizing, preventing, diagnosing, treating, and recovering from opioid/heroin abuse.
The Department of Health Professions has a contract with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, to provide confidential services for the health practitioner, who may be impaired by any physical or mental disability, or who suffers from chemical dependency.
Available services include intake, referrals for assessment and/or treatment, monitoring, and alcohol and drug toxicology screens.
Practitioners who meet certain criteria may receive approval for a stay of disciplinary action. This allows the practitioner to focus on recovery efforts. Requests for stayed disciplinary action are reviewed by a designated board liaison, with the final decision being made by the Monitoring Program Committee.
The Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program eligibility requirements are:
- practitioner must hold a current, active license, certification, or registration issued by a health regulatory board in Virginia or a multi state licensure privilege or,
- an applicant for initial licensure, certification, and registration or for reinstatement is eligible for participation for up to one year from the date of receipt of their application.
For more information view the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program Orientation Handbook.
Reporting Forms can be found on the forms page.
For further information or referral, call HPMP toll-free at 1-866-206-4747 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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