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§ 2006.5. Actions by Substance-Abusing Licensees and Consequences Thereof.

16 CA ADC § 2006.5Barclays Official California Code of RegulationsEffective: April 1, 2024

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
Division 20. Veterinary Medical Board (Refs & Annos)
Article 1. General Provisions
Effective: April 1, 2024
16 CCR § 2006.5
§ 2006.5. Actions by Substance-Abusing Licensees and Consequences Thereof.
(a) For purposes of this Article, the term “prohibited substance” means an illegal drug, a lawful drug not prescribed or ordered by an appropriately licensed health care provider for use by the licensee and approved by the Board, or alcohol or any other substance the licensee has been instructed by the Board not to use, consume, ingest, or self-administer.
(b) For purposes of this Article, “biological fluid testing” may include, but is not limited to, urine, blood, breathalyzer, hair follicle testing, or similar drug screening approved by the Board or its designee.
(c) A licensee who does any of the following shall be deemed to have committed a major violation of probation:
(1) Fails to complete a Board-ordered program;
(2) Fails to undergo a required clinical diagnostic evaluation;
(3) Commits multiple minor violations of probation conditions and terms;
(4) Treats a patient or patients while under the influence of a prohibited substance;
(5) Engages in any drug- or alcohol- related act that is a violation of state or federal law or regulation;
(6) Fails to undergo biological fluid testing when ordered;
(7) Uses, consumes, ingests, or self-administers a prohibited substance;
(8) Knowingly uses, makes, alters, or possesses any object or product in such a way as to defraud or attempt to defraud a biological fluid test designed to detect the presence of a prohibited substance; or
(9) Fails to comply with any term or condition of probation which presents an immediate threat to the violator or to the public.
(d) If a licensee commits a major violation, the Board shall take one (1) or more of the following actions:
(1) Issue an immediate cease-practice order and order the licensee to undergo a clinical diagnostic evaluation, in accordance with section 2006.51, at the expense of the licensee. Any order issued by the Board pursuant to this subsection shall state that the licensee must test negative for at least a month of continuous biological fluid testing before being allowed to resume practice.
(2) Increase the frequency of biological fluid testing.
(3) Refer the licensee for further disciplinary action, such as suspension, revocation, or other action as determined by the Board.
(e) A licensee who does any of the following shall be deemed to have committed a minor violation of probation:
(1) Fails to submit required documentation to the Board in a timely manner;
(2) Has an unexcused absence at a required meeting;
(3) Fails to contact a worksite monitor as required; or
(4) Fails to comply with any term or condition of probation which does not present an immediate threat to the violator or to the public.
(f) If a licensee commits a minor violation, the Board shall take one (1) or more of the following actions:
(1) Issue a cease-practice order;
(2) Order practice limitations;
(3) Order or increase supervision of licensee;
(4) Order increased documentation;
(5) Issue a citation and fine, or a warning letter;
(6) Order the licensee to undergo a clinical diagnostic evaluation, in accordance with section 2006.51, at the expense of the licensee;
(7) Take any other action as determined by the Board.
(g) Nothing in this section shall be considered a limitation on the Board's authority to revoke the probation of a licensee who has violated a term or condition of that probation.

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Note: Authority cited: Sections 315, 315.4, 4808 and 4845(d), Business and Professions Code; and Section 11400.20, Government Code. Reference: Sections 315, 315.2 and 315.4, Business and Professions Code; and Sections 11400.20 and 11425.50(e), Government Code.
History
1. New section filed 2-12-2024; operative 4-1-2024 (Register 2024, No. 7).
This database is current through 5/17/24 Register 2024, No. 20.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 16, § 2006.5, 16 CA ADC § 2006.5
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