Compelled Medical or Psychiatric Examinations
When a license holder appears to be suffering from a mental or physical illness that may affect his or her ability to practice safely, many licensing boards and agencies are authorized to compel the licensee to submit to a medical or psychiatric examination.
If you are a license holder in this situation, failure to submit to a required evaluation could result in disciplinary action against you, including suspension or revocation of your license. This may be true even when the sole basis for discipline is your failure to submit to an examination or a determination that a qualifying physical or mental illness has impaired your ability to practice safely.
License discipline requires evidence that the medical or mental health condition impairs competent or safe practice. If you are a license holder facing a compelled medical or psychiatric examination, our experienced and knowledgeable licensing attorneys will help you fully understand your rights and obligations in light of the specific circumstances of your case. Obtaining appropriate legal counsel early increases your chances that preventative and proactive strategies can be implemented to obtain a more favorable outcome and potentially avoid any unnecessary discipline against your professional license.