From PA's Bureau of Professions :
The Professional Health Monitoring Programs (PHMP) provide a method by which professionals suffering from physical or mental impairments, such as chemical dependency, can receive the appropriate treatment and monitoring to ensure that they remain competent to practice safely.
The Disciplinary Monitoring Unit manages the cases of impaired licensed professionals under formal discipline by the various boards and commissions.
The Voluntary Recovery Program offers confidential, voluntary treatment and monitoring of licensed professionals suffering from mental or physical impairments.
The Professional Health Monitoring Programs recently underwent a full review regarding efficiency and effectiveness. Consequently, it has been strengthened in its ability to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Voluntary Recovery Agreement with the boards was modified so that the legal basis upon which the program rests is now strictly adhered to. The urine screen component was made more effective by the requirement that all screens be processed through the Bureau's contracted laboratory.
The new agreement will ensure that action can be more swiftly and effectively taken to protect the public against impaired professionals who violate their agreements with the boards.
Standardization of screening procedures and accuracy of screening results are now assured.
The cost of screens is kept reasonable for all participants.
Commonwealth attorneys are provided with solid forensic evidence if prosecution becomes necessary.
The development of individual memoranda of understanding between the Bureau and the board-approved peer assistance programs will increase the efficiency of the bureau's cooperative interaction.
In 1996 the Bureau's PHMP program received the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR) award as Program of the year for its improvement of PHMP process.
If you know of a licensed healthcare professional with a mental or physical impairment which may be interfering with his/her capacity to practice safely, call:
1-800-554-3428 (in Pennsylvania) or 717-783-4857