History and Background
The Health Professionals’ Services Program (HPSP) was established in 2010 as a consolidated statewide program to assist health care providers with substance use or mental health disorders so they may continue to safely serve the people of Oregon.
The HPSP monitors health care providers with the goal of rehabilitation. HPSP has four participating health boards: The Oregon Board of Dentistry, the Oregon State Board of Nursing, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, and the Oregon Medical Board (the boards). Other health professional regulatory boards are also welcome to participate in the HPSP and may choose to opt in at a later date.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has administered the program since it was established. In 2016, House Bill 4016 authorized the boards to establish or contract for program services. The boards and OHA have been working collaboratively to issue a new contract for program operations. To that end, the boards established a workgroup to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) from potential vendors for the program. The workgroup meetings were held monthly at the Oregon Medical Board and were open to the public. As a result of the RFP process, Reliant Behavioral Health (RBH) has been awarded the contract to operate the HPSP, effective July 1, 2017. RBH has held the HPSP contract for the past seven years and will continue to do so with diligence.
The four boards, OHA, and RBH are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for program participants during this administrative change. Licensees enrolled in the Program will continue to receive services without interruption.
Enrollment in HPSP
A board may refer a licensee to HPSP or a licensee may self-refer. When a board refers a licensee, HPSP will work with the board to ensure the licensee is monitored in accordance with his or her board agreement.
When a licensee self-refers, HPSP will work with the licensee to develop an individualized monitoring agreement and will keep the licensee's enrollment confidential as long as the licensee is in compliance with his or her HPSP monitoring agreement.
Education and Resources
HPSP provides information and education to employers, licensee associations and support networks, treatment programs, and other stakeholders. Topics include an overview of HPSP and its services, the value of HPSP for self-referrals, signs and symptoms of substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders and relapse, and effective workplace supervision.
For more information, to self-refer, or for a list of Board-approved independent third-party evaluators, please contact Reliant Behavioral Health.