Second, our attorneys will work with you to obtain support that you do not have a substance abuse problem and that you would not benefit from treatment or monitoring.
HPRP, IPN, and PRN are not the only programs in town. We will work with you to select a Ph.D. or MD/DO who specializes in substance dependency/addiction.
This addictions professional will conduct a detailed assessment, including some initial clinical sessions and the administration of the MMPI 2-RF and often the SASE inventory. This process is much better than the HPRP, IPN and PRN intake/evaluation process. It provides a strong background for the necessary recommendations to the board that:
- this was an isolated situation;
- you are safe to practice;
- you would not benefit from a period of monitoring; and
- you do not need active supervision.
Please use caution should you decide to obtain your own evaluation from a provider not approved by our attorneys. Some providers, under certain circumstances, may be required to report licensed professionals to the state if they find that the licensed professional is impaired.
We strongly encourage licensed medical professionals to contact our attorneys for assistance in obtaining an evaluation. Our lawyers will ensure that the provider has the proper credentials and affiliations; applies the correct testing methods; and provides a report containing particular information that will assist in reporting and/or disciplinary action following a DUI.
Third, we will work with you to report the conviction and prepare the necessary pleadings to argue your case before the relevant board or administrative law judge.
In all cases, the board’s concern is that you are safe to practice and you are not impaired. Therefore, if step two reveals you are impaired, we will work with you to obtain the best resolution possible.
This solution may include working with HPRP, IPN, or PRN to obtain the right monitoring agreement. However, the decision to call HPRP, IPN, or PRN should not be made without proper legal advice.
If you have a dependency or impairment problem, the interventional programs are there to help. But if you do not have a dependency/impairment problem, those interventional programs are a nightmare and need to be avoided at all costs.