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) administered the program from 2010 to 2017. In 2016, House Bill 4016 authorized the boards to establish or contract for program services. The boards and OHA worked 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, now known as Uprise Health, was awarded the contract to operate the HPSP, effective July 1, 2017.
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 Uprise Health.
Toll free number: 888-802-2843
If you are an HPSP participant and would like to provide the Board with feedback on the program, please fill out the HPSP Feedback Form and return it by fax to 971-673-2669 or by mail to Oregon Medical Board, HPSP Coordinator, 1500 SW 1st Ave., Suite 620, Portland, OR 97201-5847.
Uprise Health MAT StatementIt may be medically appropriate for some medical board licensees participating in HPSP to be prescribed Buprenorphine or other Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) as an adjunct to their other behavioral treatment requirements. Like other medications, HPSP licensees prescribed a MAT are required to regularly submit a medication management form that is signed by their prescriber. Further, they must follow all HPSP guideline requirements associated with medications and continue with periodic testing to ensure adherence to the medication and abstinence from other drugs. The prescribing physician, in consultation and approval by the HPSP Medical Director, will identify medication duration and dosage. These factors, as well as the licensee's position, will be considered carefully when making return to work recommendations in order to protect public safety.
HPSP advocates for and supports all licensees utilizing Buprenorphine or other MAT as part of their substance use disorder treatment for whom the medication is medically appropriate while the licensee is in monitoring.