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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a PHP?

A Professionals Health Program (PHP) is a confidential resource for healthcare professionals, or those in training, who are suffering from burnout, mental health or substance use disorders, or other potentially impairing conditions.

What do PHP's do?

A Professionals Health Program (PHP) is a confidential resource for healthcare professionals, or those in training, who are suffering from burnout, mental health or substance use disorders, or other potentially impairing conditions.

Who does OhioPHP serve?

OhioPHP’s services are available to licensed healthcare professionals in Ohio. This includes: acupuncturists, anesthesiology assistants, athletic trainers, chiropractors, chemical dependency counselors, dentists, dental hygienists, dieticians, genetic counselors, healthcare students, massage therapists, optometrists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, orthotists, ocularists, opticians, physicians, resident physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, pedorthists, prosthetists, psychologists, radiologist assistants, respiratory care professionals, veterinarians,  veterinary technicians and others.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the State Medical Board of Ohio?

The Ohio General Assembly established a program that allows an eligible practitioner who is impaired due to a substance use disorder to avoid formal disciplinary action by the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) by utilizing established confidential monitoring and treatment conditions as defined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4731.251 through 4731.253 - this is known as the One-Bite Program.

The One-Bite Program is available for all SMBO licensees and applicants. The OhioPHP is approved by the State to serve as the monitoring organization responsible for determining whether a practitioner is eligible to participate in the One-Bite Program and for conducting the One-Bite Program. See more information in the One-Bite Program Brochure or FAQ.

 

One-Bite Program trainings for approved evaluation and treatment providers can be found here.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board?

The OTPTAT board developed a safe haven program for all licensees and applicants. The safe haven program is a confidential path for individuals to seek help for burnout, mental health or substance use disorders and a therapeutic alternative to regulatory awareness. Any OTPTAT licensee or applicant who needs assistance with burnout, behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder or other medical condition is eligible to participate in the safe haven program.

 

More information can be found under Ohio Administrative Code 4755-2-01 - Impaired practitioner rules and safe haven program for license holders and applicants.

To learn more about this program, click here.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio State Dental Board?

Yes, while no formal one-bite program or safe haven program is available for those professionals licensed under the Ohio State Dental Board, a reporting exception is honored by the Board.  This occurs so long as the dentist has completed treatment with a Board approved treatment provider (Minimum of 28 days residential) and maintained uninterrupted sobriety.  In addition, the dentist must adhere to all other statutory requirements (and complete 52 sessions of aftercare at an approved treatment provider).

The Ohio State Dental Board's treatment requirements are codified in Section 4715.301 of the Ohio Revised Code. To be eligible for the one-bite exception with the Ohio State Dental Board, monitoring is required to be established with OhioPHP to document sobriety to support the dentist's continuation in or the return to dental practice.  

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio State Chiropractic Board?

Under Ohio Revised Code Section 4734.32, a chiropractor is not required to be reported to the OSCB so long as they are participating in treatment or aftercare for substance abuse as long as he/she maintains participation in accordance with requirements of section 4734.40 of the Ohio Revised Code. The OhioPHP can provide monitoring services to assist with navigating a practitioner through the rules to ensure he/she meets these requirements.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio Vision Professionals Board?

The OVPB developed a safe haven program for all licensees and applicants. The safe haven program is a confidential path for individuals to seek help for burnout, mental health or substance use disorders and a therapeutic alternative to regulatory awareness. Any OVPB licensee or applicant who needs assistance with burnout, behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder or other medical condition is eligible to participate in the safe haven program. More information can be found under Ohio Administrative Code 4725-19-01.

For more information, click here.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board?

The OVMLB developed a safe haven program for all licensees and applicants. The safe haven program is a confidential path for individuals to seek help for burnout, mental health or substance use disorders and a therapeutic alternative to regulatory awareness. Any OVMLB licensee or applicant who needs assistance with burnout, behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder or other medical condition is eligible to participate in the safe haven program. More information can be found under Ohio Administrative Code 4741-1-25.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio Board of  Psychology?

The Psychology Board developed a safe haven program for all licensees and applicants. The safe haven program is a confidential path for individuals to seek help for burnout, mental health or substance use disorders and a therapeutic alternative to regulatory awareness. Any Psychology Board licensee or applicant who needs assistance with burnout, behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder or other medical condition is eligible to participate in the safe haven program. More information can be found under Ohio Administrative Code 4732-17-04.

For more information, click here.

Is there a confidential program for licensees of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board?

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB) developed a safe haven program for all licensees and applicants. The safe haven program is a confidential path for individuals to seek help for burnout, mental health or substance use disorders and a therapeutic alternative to regulatory awareness. Any OCDPB licensee or applicant who needs assistance with burnout, behavioral health, mental health, or substance use disorder or other medical condition is eligible to participate in the safe haven program.

For more information, click here.

Is there a confidential program for licensees not listed above?

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