Wanted to post an update for all those that have questions about transferring to another state's monitoring program. This is relevant to NJ, PA & CA. I started this journey in RAMP-NJ & PNAP-PA Summer 2016. (Diverted in NJ and since I was concurrently licensed & working in PA ended up in PNAP as well, yay!) Anyway, right when this all started I was supposed to be moving to CA. I received a lot of helpful information from this forum about transferring and I wanted to give some help & hope to those like me who are interested.
A year later I was finally able to move to CA! On the CA BON website under the Intervention FAQ tab it states that unless you are in monitoring for "formal" disciplinary reasons (not voluntarily/confidential i.e. VRP vs DMU) you do NOT have to disclose to the CA BON that you are in monitoring. However, per PA BON monitoring contract guidelines you must enroll into your new state's monitoring program immediately upon arrival and in order to do that you need an active
CA RN license and reside in CA. I moved to CA and had to wait 6 weeks before my CA license was granted. In the meantime, I was able to set up a test site in CA for PNAP while waiting for my license to come through in order to remain compliant with PNAP.
Upon receipt of my active
CA RN license I enrolled into CA's Maximus Diversion Program. After waiting 3 month for a DEC meeting I was formally admitted into the program and given permission to work as a nurse but no patient care yet (I was working as a nurse in PA non-patient care but had patient care and controlled substance administration privileges). CA will send quarterly reports to PA & NJ so that I remain compliant.
I was previously told that none of my "time served" from the other monitoring programs will count for CA (boo!). RAMP is a straight 5 years & PNAP is 3.5 by the time you're formally released. The CA Maximus program is 3-5 years so hopefully when all is said and done all three programs (RAMP, PNAP & Maximus) will be done within the original 5 year timeframe and I'll be out of the penalty box with clean and sparkly licenses!
I don't screw up a lot but when I do it's big time
. I am grateful & have learned many a lesson from this whole stinking experience. I did a ton of research, a lot of planning and asked a great many questions of my monitoring program case managers. None of this did I do on my own. I had a tremendous amount of support from God, hubby, family, friends, sponsor, fellowship, etc. Hope this helps someone and thanks to all those who answered my frantic questions when I was a newbie