The best advice I have received on this subject is to NOT choose any evaluator on the BON pre approved list. Hire an attorney and let him find you an evaluator who he has worked with before in similar circumstances and has had good outcomes with. Your attorney will negotiate with the BON to let you see one off
the "pre approved" list. Think about this for a minute...all the evaluators on the board's list have tons of work coming from board referrals and may be financially motivated to keep that business. You want to make sure your evaluation is TOTALLY unbiased. BUT..do this only with an attorney's advice..do not take my advice as legal counseling..eventho' I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night..I am still just a nurse ..not a lawyer. :redlight:
My assessment was much like learninglessons..I paid cash ..$1500.00.. was asked about every aspect of my life from childhood through middle age, took a battery of psychological written tests, and finally was asked to provide a hair sample for drug testing..which I did. I received a favorable assessment and this was key in ending up with only one year of stips as opposed to the standard 2-3 years here in Texas. It is ironic that learninglessons had to travel from Dallas to Houston..I had to travel from the DFW area to Houston to get mine...it is so crazy..
..but JMO is correct, without recovery..all this is a moot point, so that is your first and foremost focus. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. As a very wise poster told me months back on this forum.."It will get easier..this will become your new "normal".