HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program

What is HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program?

HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program – was founded in 1993 as a way to provide health professionals in Michigan with support to recover from substance use disorders or mental health issues in a confidential program. Its mission is to encourage health professionals to be proactive in seeking treatment before their condition harms a patient or damages their career.

Who is HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program?

HPRP is administered by a private contractor under the direction of the Health Professional Recovery Committee and the Bureau of Professional Licensing in the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. It is also supported by several professional societies and associations through the State of Michigan.

What professionals are covered by HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program?

HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program is inclusive of many professions within the medical field. Members of the following occupations may participate in the HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program:

Acupuncturist
Allopathic Physician (MD)
Athletic Trainer
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Counselor (Professional)
Dentist, Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant
Marriage and Family Therapist
Massage Therapist
Nursing Home Administrator
Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistant
Optometrist
Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon (DO)

Pharmacist
Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant
Physician’s Assistant
Podiatric Physician
Psychologist
Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Sanitarian
Respiratory Therapist
Social Worker and Social Service Technician
Speech-Language Pathologist
Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician

How does HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program work?

When a health professional is either reported to or voluntarily reaches out to HPRP, the agency will initiate an intake process through which information is gathered to identify the chemical dependency/substance abuse or mental health problem.

If the health professional meets the criteria to participate in HPRP, they will be referred to a qualified evaluator to determine the nature of the problem and to assist the HPRP contractor to develop a recovery plan.

Once the evaluation is completed, the HPRP will make referrals for treatment services. These referrals will be for the level of care that is appropriate for the severity of the problem.

While the health professional is undergoing treatment, HPRP will work with them to establish a monitoring agreement. This is a written agreement that may include such things as limitations on practice or employment, random drug or alcohol screening, attendance of support groups, and continued evaluations and treatment.

Upon completion of the HPRP monitoring agreement, the participant will be released and all records of non-disciplinary participants will be destroyed in five years. However, if a participant fails to complete the program for any reason, the termination will be reported to the Bureau of Professional Licensing and could result in subsequent disciplinary actions.

Will participation in HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program provide immunity from criminal charges?

No. However, if you are being charged with a crime arising from a drug or alcohol related offense, it may be beneficial to the resolution of your case to actively participate in HPRP while your case is pending.

Who pays for HPRP – Health Professional Recovery Program?

Participants of HPRP or their insurers are responsible for the cost of the evaluation, treatment, drug testing and other requirements as needed to complete the program. However, HPRP provides its services at no cost to the health professional.

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HPRP - Health Professional Recovery Program was founded as a way to provide health professionals in Michigan with confidential support to recover from substance abuse disorders or mental health issues.
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