Diversion and Treatment Programs
Many boards that license healthcare and healing arts practitioners are committed to early identification and rehabilitation of licensees whose practices may be affected by substance abuse disorders or mental illness. Some boards offer diversion and treatment programs that allow you to participate voluntarily or through licensing board referral. Participation in a diversion program is confidential and typically involves an assessment and referral for appropriate treatment, a rehabilitation plan, monitoring for compliance, and, ultimately, a determination of when the licensee is safe to resume practice.
The availability of diversion and treatment programs, as well as eligibility and program requirements, varies between boards. In addition to rehabilitation, these programs may provide an effective alternative to protracted, costly, and public disciplinary proceedings. Successfully completing a diversion or treatment program may make it possible for you to avoid disciplinary action against your license despite an otherwise qualifying violation of practice or law. In some cases, entering a diversion and treatment program early may circumvent the board filing an accusation against you.
Understanding your options
While diversion and treatment programs offer certain, undisputed advantages, participating may not be in the best interest of all professionals who have been accused of having a mental illness or substance abuse disorders that affect their ability to practice. Where diversion is an appropriate option, the timing of when you enter the program may affect the chances of additional disciplinary action being taken against your license.
If you are considering whether to participate in a diversion and treatment program, our licensing attorneys will be able to advise you on whether a program is available through your licensing board. Our attorneys have experience working with licensing boards and can provide counsel and guidance aimed at protecting your legal rights and interests.