Physician Health Program Nationally Recognized for Addressing Addiction Treatment

September 20, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum
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September 20, 2018                                                                                                                         Kelsey Trotter                                                                                                                                   ktrotter@addictionpolicy,org                                                                                                                            

Physician Health Program Nationally Recognized for Addressing Addiction Treatment

Addiction Policy Forum’s newest Spotlight Series program assists doctors nationwide to receive addiction treatment

Washington, D.C. –  Today Addiction Policy Forum announces Physician Health Program (PHP) as a program featured in the Spotlight Series Initiative, which highlights innovative programs across the country that contribute to a comprehensive strategy to address addiction.

“Doctors struggling with addiction should be connected to treatment for their disease instead of penalized,” says Mark O’Brien Addiction Policy Forum Executive Vice President of State and Local Affairs. “Physician Health Programs do just that through their extensive treatment program for qualified physicians.”

Physician Health Programs are established in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia to intervene early when there are concerns about a physician’s substance use interfering with their profession. is PHPs provide doctors who have a substance use disorder with a quality of care that is not available to most people struggling with addiction. The key pieces of the intervention are intensive and prolonged residential and outpatient treatment, five-year extended support and monitoring, and engagement of employers, peers and family in support and monitoring to help doctors keep their medical licenses. 

“We think that the model of Physician Health Programs is the gold standard for high quality, evidence-based care that tracks people over five years or more,” says Paul H. Earley, M.D. president of Federation of State Physician Health Programs. “ No other model comes close. It has immense applicability—in a modified way—for other populations as well.”

The Addiction Policy Forum features innovative programs as part of its Spotlight Series Initiative. Programs are nominated by key stakeholders, community members, and/or experts in the fields of addiction.   

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Topics: Spotlights