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North Dakota Professional Health Program, Inc. (NDPHP) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. NDPHP provides a voluntary, confidential, non-disciplinary monitoring program to support professionals experiencing potentially impairing conditions such as alcoholism, substance use disorder, mental/behavioral health, or cognitive conditions.

The program is designed to encourage early intervention and treatment before the professional’s capacity to practice is diminished or they become a risk to patients, the public, or themselves.

NDPHP guides and assists potentially impaired professionals to obtain drug, alcohol, mental/behavioral health, and/or cognitive evaluations and the treatment they need to safely practice or return to practice.

Eligible professionals include:

  • Licensees and applicants for licensure with ND Board of Medicine
  • Medical and physician assistant students
  • Other professionals, on a case-by-case basis

NDPHP is here to help!

Review Our Process, submit a Referral, or contact us for further information or assistance.



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Brittany Hanson, BSN, RN

Executive Director

Brittany Hanson, BSN, RN, serves as the Executive Director for the North Dakota Professional Health Program and is a licensed Registered Nurse in North Dakota. She received a Diploma and an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from Minot State University – Bottineau and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her education also includes additional undergraduate work in psychology and chemistry and graduate work in psychology and nursing.

Her background includes experience in nursing and disability advocacy. She’s practiced as a staff nurse and travel nurse in Central and Western North Dakota in specialty areas including intensive outpatient dual diagnosis home and community based services (HCBS) team-based nursing, public health and infection prevention consulting, school-based, critical care, and maternal child nursing – labor & delivery. Her work in disability advocacy focused on awareness, access to services and supports, and protection of rights, as well as parent/peer supports.

She was a founding member of an area non-profit for individuals with Autism and their families and is actively involved with area disability advocacy groups and community organizations.

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Melissa J. Henke, MD

Medical Director

Melissa J. Henke, MD, currently serves as Medical Director for the North Dakota Professional Health Program, along with serving as Medical Director for the Heartview Foundation, and as a Psychiatric Consultant for Henke Psychiatric Services.

Dr. Henke is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Addiction Medicine. Her professional affiliations include the American College of Physicians, the North Dakota Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the North Dakota Psychiatric Society.

Dr. Henke was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as a Board Member of The Banquet and as an Advisory Council Member of North Dakota Recovery Reinvented.

Dr. Henke previously worked at Sanford Bismarck Health Systems as a Staff Psychiatrist.

Dr. Henke received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed her residency in Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she was Chief Resident for the Department of Psychiatry.


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Julie Ann Blehm, MD

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Randy Perkins, PA, FNP

Secretary / Treasurer
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Maureen "Moe" Bentz, MSN, RN, CNML

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Vaune Johnson

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William "Bill" Knutson

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Stephanie Sievert

Ex-Officio Director

Up to 20% of Healthcare providers will be affected by a mental illness or substance use disorder during their lifetime.