Does your state require mental health reporting? - page 4

by wish_me_luck

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: Rhode Island
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? No
    How is it worded? No mental health questions. Asks about convictions and disciplinary actions.
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    State: South Carolina
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Have you developed any disease or condition, physical, mental, or emotional, that might interfere with your ability to competently and safely perform the essential functions of practice as a nurse?"
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    State: South Dakota
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Have you ever experienced a physical, emotional, or mental condition that has endangered the health or safety of persons entrusted in your care?"
    "Have you ever been treated for abuse or misuse of any alcohol or chemical substance?"
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    State: Utah
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "If you are licensed in the occupation/profession for which you are applying, would you pose a direct threat to yourself, to your patients or clients, or to the public health, safety, or welfare because of any circumstance or condition?"
    "Have you ever been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease and not restored?"
    "Are you currently using or have you recently (within 90 days) used any drugs (including recreational drugs) without a valid prescription, the possession or distribution of which is unlawful under the Utah Controlled Substances Act or other applicable state or federal law?"

    Then, there's conviction questions and the same question about drugs (referring to the past use vs current.)
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    State: Vermont
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Do you have a physical or mental condition or disorder which in any way impairs or limits your ability to practice this profession with reasonable skill and safety? If “Yes”, please have your provider submit a detailed statement explaining how you are able to practice safely. "
    "Does your use of alcohol, drugs, or medications in any way impair or limit your ability to practice this profession with reasonable skill and safety? If “Yes”, provide a detailed written explanation."
    "Are you currently addicted to or in any way dependent on, the use of alcohol or habit forming drugs? If “Yes”, provide a detailed written explanation."

    It also asks about convictions, if you are in a monitoring program/peer assistance program, disciplinary actions.
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    State: Washington (state)
    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? If yes, please attach explanation"

    “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, intellectual disabilities, emotional or mental illness, specific learning disabilities, HIV disease, tuberculosis, drug addiction, and alcoholism.

    "Do you currently (past two years) use chemical substance(s) in any way which impair or limit your ability to practice your profession with reasonable skill and safety? If yes, please explain"
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    State: West Virginia
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Do you currently possess any condition which may in any way impair your ability to practice or otherwise alter your behavior as it relates to the practice of registered professional nursing?"

    There's like 3 questions about narcotics, substance abuse, etc. and then conviction questions.
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    State: Wisconsin
    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 nursing with reasonable skill and safety? If yes, please explain."
    "Does your use of chemical substance(s) in any way impair or limit your ability to practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety? If yes, please explain."
    "Are you currently engaged in the illegal use of controlled dangerous substances?"

    "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, HIV disease, tuberculosis, drug addiction and alcoholism."

    "Chemical substances" is to be construed to include alcohol, drugs or medications, including those taken pursuant to a valid prescription for legitimate medical purposes and in accordance with the prescriber's direction, as well as those used illegally."

    "Currently" does not mean on the day of, or even in the weeks or months preceding the completion of this application. Rather, it means recently enough so that the use of drugs may have an ongoing impact on one's functioning as a licensee, or within the past two years."
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    State: Wyoming
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Do you have a physical or mental disability which renders you unable to perform nursing services or duties with reasonable skill and safety and which may endanger the health and safety of persons under your care?"
    "Are you now or have you in the past five (5) years been addicted to any controlled substance, a regular user of any controlled substance with or without a prescription, or habitually intemperate in the use of intoxicating liquor?"

    Then, there's conviction, disciplinary questions.
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    State: District of Columbia
    Is there a question regarding mental illness or chemical dependency? Yes
    How is it worded? "Do you have a mental condition that currently impairs your ability to practice your profession?"
    "Has the use of drugs and/or alcohol resulted in an impairment of your ability to practice your profession?"

    Then, it asks about convictions.

    I do not have access to the other states not listed in this thread. They have it set up to where you must pay first or you have register. Sorry if you are in one of those states.


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