The Oregon Board of Pharmacy (OBP) will investigate complaints and reports from the employer, patients, licensed health professionals or others about your behavior. If the investigation includes a determination by a qualified third party evaluator that you are diagnosed with a substance use or mental health disorder, then you may qualify for enrollment in the Health Professionals’ Services Program (HPSP), a program of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), or the OBP for monitoring.

Referral to monitoring by OBP is a Board Order (discipline), therefore, part of the public record. However, some specific information collected by the investigation may NOT be disclosed.

Furthermore, if you do not comply with the OBP referral to enroll in HPSP, or otherwise fail to complete the HPSP program after you enroll, then OBP may take further disciplinary action. Disciplinary action can include practice limitations, suspension or revocation of your license to practice in Oregon.

If you have not been reported to OBP as violating a safety policy or for another performance issue in your practice, then the licensing board will not be aware. However, in this case, if a clinical evaluation refers you to treatment for a substance use or mental health disorder, you may be required to acknowledge this treatment referral the next time you renew your license with OBP. Learn more about at the OBP website >>

OBP may investigate at the time they receive information when you renew your license, and after investigation may refer you to HPSP or OBP for monitoring.

Finally, “self referral” to HPSP following a clinical evaluation and referral offers unique protections to you. When a licensee is not already known to OBP and chooses to enroll in the HPSP as a “self referral,” then OBP will not learn about your participation in monitoring as long as you remain compliant with the monitoring agreement. Be aware: Substantial non-compliance with your monitoring agreement will be reported to OBP, so there is risk.

For more information, you can contact the Health Professionals’ Services Program confidential help line at 888-802-2843.

Or, download the OBP administrative rules for monitoring (PDF)


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