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§ 1717.1. Impaired professionals

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed)Effective: December 18, 2000

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 63 P.S. Professions and Occupations (State Licensed) (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 31. Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Licensure Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: December 18, 2000
63 P.S. § 1717.1
§ 1717.1. Impaired professionals
(a) Appointment of professional consultant.--The board, with the approval of the Commissioner of Professional and Occupational Affairs, shall appoint and fix the compensation of a professional consultant who is a licensee of the board or such other professional as the board may determine with education and experience in the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of persons with physical or mental impairments. This consultant shall be accountable to the board and shall act as a liaison between the board and treatment programs such as alcohol and drug treatment programs licensed by the Department of Health, psychological counseling and impaired professional support groups that are approved by the board and provide services to licensees under this act.
(b) Board action against impaired professionals.--
(1) The board may deter and ultimately dismiss any of the types of corrective action set forth in this act for an impaired professional so long as the professional is progressing satisfactorily in an approved treatment program.
(2) An approved program provider shall, upon request, disclose to the consultant any information in its possession regarding an impaired professional in treatment which the program provider is not prohibited from disclosing by an act of this Commonwealth, another state or the United States.
(3) The disclosure of information by an approved program provider under this section shall apply in the case of an impaired professional who:
(i) Enters an agreement in accordance with this section.
(ii) Is the subject of a board investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
(iii) Voluntarily enters a treatment program other than under the provisions of this section, but who fails to complete the program successfully or to adhere to an aftercare plan developed by the program provider.
(4) The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to a professional convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64),1 known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country.
(c) Board agreement with impaired professional.--An impaired professional who enrolls in an approved treatment program shall enter into an agreement with the board under which the professional's license shall be suspended or revoked. Enforcement of that suspension or revocation may be stayed for the length of time the professional remains in the program and makes satisfactory progress, complies with the terms of the agreement and adheres to any limitations on this practice imposed by the board to protect the public. Failure to enter into an agreement shall disqualify the professional from the impaired professional program and shall activate an immediate investigation and disciplinary proceeding by the board.
(d) Consultant disclosure to board.--If, in the opinion of the consultant after consultation with the provider, an impaired professional who is enrolled in an approved treatment program has not progressed satisfactorily, the consultant shall disclose to the board all information in the consultant's possession regarding this professional, and the board shall institute proceedings to determine if the stay of the enforcement of the suspension or revocation of the impaired professional's license should be vacated.
(e) Immunity to approved program provider.--An approved program provider who makes a disclosure pursuant to this section shall not be subject to civil liability for the disclosure or its consequences.
(f) Mandatory reporting to board.--
(1) Any hospital or health care facility, peer or colleague who has substantial evidence that a professional has an active addictive disease for which the professional is not receiving treatment, is diverting a controlled substance or is mentally or physically incompetent to carry out the duties of that professional's license shall make or cause to be made a report to the board.
(2) Any person or facility who acts in a treatment capacity to an impaired speech-language pathologist, audiologist or as a teacher of the hearing impaired in an approved treatment program shall be exempt from the mandatory reporting requirements of this subsection. Any person or facility who reports under this subsection in good faith and without malice shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability arising from the report.
(3) Failure to provide the report within a reasonable time from receipt of knowledge of impairment shall subject the person or facility to a fine not to exceed $1,000. The board shall impose the penalty only after affording the accused party the opportunity for a hearing as provided in 2 Pa.C.S. (relating to administrative law and procedure).

Credits

1984, Dec. 21, P.L. 1253, No. 238, § 17.1, added 2000, Oct. 18, P.L. 536, No. 71, § 2, effective in 60 days.

Footnotes

35 P.S. § 780-101 et seq.
63 P.S. § 1717.1, PA ST 63 P.S. § 1717.1
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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