Impairment

Q: How does the Board address impaired practitioners?

A: The State Medical Board of Ohio has statutory authority to take action against a licensee for impairment because of habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs, alcohol, or other substances that impair their ability to practice.

The State Medical Board also has statutory authority to address licensees who have an inability to practice due to mental or physical illness. Additional information regarding mental health or physical conditions can be found below.

 

Q: What treatment providers have been approved by the Board to provide services to impaired practitioners for use or abuse of drugs, alcohol, or other substances?

A: A licensee seeking treatment must seek evaluation and subsequent treatment with a Board approved treatment provider, unless the licensee qualifies for the One Bite program. More information regarding the One Bite program can be found here.

A list of current approved treatment providers for licensees ineligible for the One Bite program can be found here.

 

Q: How does a treatment provider apply for Board approval?

A: A treatment provider may apply for Board approval or renewal of Board approval by submission of the following application found here

The application must be submitted by mail ATTN: Donald Davis. Any questions regarding this application may be directed to Donald.Davis@med.ohio.gov.

 

Q: How long does Board approval last?

A: Currently, Board approval is for a period of three years. An application for approval needs to be submitted to renew Board approval.

 

Q: How does a treatment provider update its information with the Board?

A: Under the Ohio Administrative Code 4731-16-09(D), a treatment provider approved by the State Medical Board of Ohio must notify the Board of:

  • any changes to the transfer of ownership of the program;

  • change in location or locations of the program; or

  • change of directorship prior to the changes becoming effective.

A treatment provider may update its information with the Board by completing this verification form

The completed form may be directed to med.compliance@med.ohio.gov.

 

Q: What chemical dependency assessors have been approved by the Board to conduct return to work evaluations for impaired practitioners?

A: An impaired licensee who is required to undergo a return to work evaluation can find a list of assessors previously approved by the Board here.

Please contact your compliance officer for more information on the process to petition for Board approval for an assessor not included on this list.