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Health Professional Recovery Program BrochureHEALTH PROFESSIONAL RECOVERY PROGRAM GENERAL INFORMATION
What is the HPRP?
The Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP) was established by legislation in 1993 in order to meet the needs of the health professions for a confidential, non-disciplinary approach to support recovery from substance use disorders or mental health disorders. The program is designed to encourage health professionals to seek a recovery program before their condition harms a patient or damages their careers through disciplinary action. The program is supported by the licensing boards, as well as professional societies and associations throughout the state.
The HPRP is administered by a private contractor under the direction of the Health Professional Recovery Committee (a multi-disciplinary committee) and the Bureau of Health Care Services in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
How does the HPRP work?
The HPRP is a caring, supportive program that promotes recovery through evaluation for the presence of a chemical dependency/substance abuse or mental health problem, designs a monitoring agreement to address the treatment needs that is specific for the individual, and actively monitors the individual's progress.
The typical steps involved for participation in the HPRP are:
Who pays for the HPRP?
The HPRP participants or their insurers pay for evaluation, treatment, drug testing, and other services. Many service providers accept a reduced payment, a sliding scale, or a delayed payment plan for certain services. The HPRP provides treatment resources, works with the participants to develop appropriate monitoring agreements, and provides monitoring of the participant at no cost to the health professional.
What are the benefits of HPRP?
It is the philosophy of the HPRP that substance use disorders and mental health disorders are treatable conditions. By providing health professionals an opportunity to enter into treatment and to seek recovery from their diseases early in the disease process, the HPRP can serve to minimize negative impacts on licensees/registrants, patients and their families and friends.
The HPRP is a confidential program. Once non-disciplinary licensees/registrants or applicants are accepted into the HPRP, their participation and records are not subject to subpoena or the Freedom of Information Act.
What professions are covered by HPRP?
Michigan's Health Professional Recovery Program is unique because it includes so many professions. Under the legislation, members of these occupations may take advantage of the HPRP:
What are some signs or symptoms of substance use and/or mental health disorders?
The following are typical symptoms that are exhibited by someone who may have a substance use disorder or mental health disorder that may affect their work performance:
Under Section 333.16223 of the Public Health Code, licensed/registered health professionals are required to make good faith reports of suspected violations of the Public Health Code to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Health Care Services. However, for purposes of substance use and/or mental health disorders, a report to the HPRP meets the legal reporting requirement. If you suspect impairment, please call the HPRP at 800-453-3784.
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