A Pennsylvania nurse in recovery responds to Hark and Hark Regional Professional License Lawyers in Philly
Lawyer slams PNAP
PNAP Case workers -- Do Not Trust Them
On behalf of Hark and Hark on Friday, February 23, 2018.
Medical professionals or their employers call PNAP case workers and intake administrators for numerous reasons. The initial complaint call against the licensee generates the “Letter of Concern.” It is the response call from the licensee to PHMP/PNAP/SARPH/PAP that starts the proverbial ball rolling. Here are several important facts each licensee should be aware of before calling PNAP.
PNAP/PAP/PHMP caseworkers are told to not tell inquiring licensees the truth. PNAP and PHMP caseworkers are instructed to emphasize the worst possible legal and licensing consequences if there is no cooperation. PNAP/PHMP caseworkers are instructed to intimidate and scare licensees into the program. PNAP caseworkers are instructed to tell licensees about the costs of the Mental and Physical Evaluation and court fees. PNAP caseworkers are instructed provide the minimum legal information possible.
PNAP caseworkers do not know the law. PNAP/PHMP/PAP case workers are not trained in the several health care boards' regulations. PHMP/PNAP/PAP case workers do not understand the legal implications of the wrong advice they give. PNAP case workers do not know how to tell the truth. Some PNAP caseworkers may be in the program too.
For every medical professional, agreeing to the initial PNAP assessment is the worst thing you can do. Current conflicts between the DSM-IV and DSM V alcohol use disorder - mild, moderate, or severe - are creating significant issues in determinations of impairment for PNAP assessors. I have learned that the PNAP assessors could be calling the PNAP caseworker and managers, who help the assessor diagnosis an impairment. This improper.
PNAP and PHMP assessments should be performed independently, by appropriately trained medical professionals. PNAP and PHMP supervisors (Simpson and Knipe) should not be consulted on diagnosis. This type of diagnosis cooperation smacks of a pre-ordained determination of an impairment to insure medical professionals go in the program. Please understand the above is not anecdote or a hypothetical scenario. I have been told about PNAP supervisors providing supplemental questions and facts to assessors to insure a determination of impairment and a conclusion that the monitoring program is required. Ethically, any assessor/PNAP consultation is improper.
This tells me that the system of initial communication with PNAP (in which they lie to you) and the read assessment process renders this entire program unacceptable. Be careful. Call me.
Hark and Hark ,
While I can agree with your point about rules concerning conflict of interests, your vilification of PNAP makes you appear unprofessional and not credible. PNAP, Kathie Simpson and my recovery advocate, Dina, saved my life. They saved my sponsors life. I personally know of 5 of us in my small town whose life was changed through monitoring contract requirements.
Also I want to point out that PNAP is non-profit and over run by the nurses who legitimately need it. Are you to have the citizens of PA believe these people have the time to waste on harassing nurses who don't pose risk to the public?
Another of my experiences which don’t match what you stated has been that my caseworker specifically refused to answer my legal type questions. I’ve been treated fairly by this entity and I’ll forever be grateful for the existence of a program that saved my life.
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