Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program
"DHP Encourages Health Practitioners to Advise Patients to Participate April 27, 2019 in DEA Drug Take Back Day--". An Open Letter from DHP Director, David Brown, D.C..
Healthcare practitioners are encouraged to advise patients about this service and to remind them it is free and anonymous with no questions asked. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia.
Healthcare professionals are encouraged to read a letter from DHP Director Dr. David Brown.
You can use the DEA website to enter your zip code to find a local collection site.
The Virginia Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program (HPMP) is here to help healthcare professionals with a substance use disorder or mental health or physical condition that may be impairing. We refer healthcare practitioners for appropriate treatment and provide ongoing monitoring of treatment progress.
Our goal for each of our participants is to facilitate and support the recovery process, including achieving and maintaining optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. Our 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.
HPMP Leadership Team
Wendy Welch, MD, CPE, CHCQM
Janet S. Knisely, Ph.D.
Case Manager Coordinator
Joel Steinberg, MD
Medical Review Officer