Does your state require mental health reporting? - page 3

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Hi, This has been a common question here lately on AN. So, I started this thread in hopes that 50 people (plus DC, if there's a license for DC) from each of the 50 states, plus DC, could share whether there is a mental... Read More


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    State: Iowa
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No.
    How is it worded?: No mental health or substance abuse question. It does ask about convictions.
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    State: Kansas
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No.
    How is it worded? No question about mental health issues or chemical dependency. Asks about convictions and disciplinary action.
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    State: Nebraska
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No.
    How is it worded? No mental health question. It asks about convictions and if the conviction deals with mental health/addiction/substance abuse, you have to release the treatment/health information to them regarding that.
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    State: Nevada
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes.
    How is it worded?

    "3. Do you currently use chemical substances in any way which impairs or limits your ability to practice the full scope of nursing?
    If the answer is Yes, you must submit:
    a. A letter of explanation that addresses the impairment or limitations of practice;
    b. If you are using the chemical substance as a confirmed medical necessity, a letter from your treating practitioner documenting the diagnosis and medical necessity for the use of chemical substances, including any practice limitations."

    "4. Are you currently in recovery for chemical dependency, chemical abuse or addiction?
    If the answer is Yes, you must submit:
    a. A letter of explanation describing your recovery experience, including length of continuous recovery, treatment, and current recovery activities;
    b. Documentation from knowledgeable individual(s) documenting your length of sobriety; and
    c. Documentation of inpatient or outpatient chemical dependency treatment."

    "5. Do you currently have a medical or psychiatric/mental health condition which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice the full scope of nursing?
    If the answer is Yes, you must submit:
    a. A letter of explanation regarding your condition, whether temporary or permanent, including diagnosis, past hospitalizations, date of last treatment, current treatment plan, and how your condition may interfere with your
    ability to practice the full scope of nursing safely; and
    b. Documentation from treating practitioner regarding the diagnosis, (Axis I-V for psychiatric diagnosis), medications, current status and treatment plan, the extent of condition, and statement regarding your ability to carry out nursing duties reliably and with good judgment."
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    State: New Hampshire
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes.
    How is it worded? " Do you have a mental or physical problem that makes you incompetent to provide nursing-related activities?"
    " Have you previously or currently been impaired by or diverted any chemical substances that impaired your ability to practice that has not been annulled?"
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    State: New Jersey
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes.
    How is it worded? "Do you have a medical condition which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety?"

    '“Medical Condition” includes physiological, mental or psychological conditions or disorders, such as, but not limited to orthopedic,
    visual, speech and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental retardation, emotional or mental illness, specific learning disabilities, H.I.V. disease, tuberculosis, drug addiction
    and alcoholism.'

    '“Ability to practice as a nurse” is to be construed to include all of the following:
    a. The cognitive capacity to exercise the reasonable judgments of a nurse, and to learn and keep abreast of
    professional developments; and
    b. The ability to communicate those judgments and related information to patients and other interested parties, with or without the
    use of aids or devices, such as voice amplifiers; and
    c. The physical capability to perform the duties of a nurse, with or without the use of aids or devices, such as
    corrective lenses or hearing aids.'

    There's also info./questions regarding chemical dependency and convictions/disciplinary action.
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    State: New Mexico
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No.
    How is it worded? No mental health question. Asks about convictions and discplinary action.
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    State: New York
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No.
    How is it worded? No question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency. Asks about convictions/disciplinary action.
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    State: Ohio
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Have you ever been found to be mentally ill or mentally incompetent by a probate court?"
    "Within the last five years, have you been diagnosed with or have you been treated for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,
    paranoia, or any other psychotic disorder?"
    "Have you, since attaining the age of eighteen or within the last five years, whichever period is shorter, been admitted to
    a hospital or other facility for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, paranoia, or any other psychotic disorder?"

    Substance abuse questions follow these questions. Yes, Ohio asks about mental illness 3 times.
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    State: Oklahoma
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No
    How is it worded? It asks about convictions, disciplinary actions, and if you have ever been declared incompetent by judiciary system.


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