FAQs

Who does NDPHP serve?

NDPHP serves physicians, physician assistants and medical students in North Dakota.

What is Impairment?

Impairment is defined as the condition of being unable to perform one’s professional duties and responsibilities in a reasonable manner, consistent with professional standards. Cognitive function, judgement, reaction time, and the ability to handle stress are increasingly affected. As impairment progresses, the potential for compromised patient care increases. Examples of impairment are: Dependance or use of mind-altering substances Distorted thought processes from mental illness or physical condition Disruptive social tendencies

I’m not “impaired.” Why should I enter into a Monitoring Agreement?

A Monitoring Agreement does not require you to be impaired. The goal of NDPHP is to prevent impairment from ever occurring. Historically, problems would not be identified until there were significant negative consequences such as lawsuits, loss of licensure or loss of employment. Most recently, the medical community has been more proactive recognizing the need to help our providers address concerns before it affects their care.

How are individuals referred?

Individuals can be referred by self, spouses, significant others, family members, employers, co-workers, or the licensure board.

Can NDPHP take anonymous referrals?

No. A person making a referral is required to provide their name and contact information. However, we will not share this information unless given specific consent.

If I go to NDPHP, will the ND Board of Medicine know?

No. As long as you remain compliant with the Monitoring Agreement, the ND Board of Medicine will not be informed. We only report individuals who refuse to participate in treatment when we have deemed it necessary. The ND Board of Medicine is only aware of the licensees who have been “board ordered” to participate in the program.

Will my participation with NDPHP be confidential?

Yes. Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. Communication with any third party information is released only with written authorization.

What is the cost?

You are responsible for all assessment and monitoring fees including the yearly administrative fee of $250. However, insurance may cover services in some circumstances such as outpatient or residential substance abuse treatment.

Can I still practice?

You may be required to refrain from practice during evaluation and treatment. The approval for a return to practice is based on recommendations from treatment providers in consultation with NDPHP staff.

How do I verify a person’s participation with NDPHP?

Due to our confidentiality policy, we will not release information about clients without written consent from the participant. If you would like to verify a client's involvement with NDPHP, please contact the client and request they complete a Consent to Release form.

Why does my employer need to know I am involved with NDPHP?

We rely on your monitoring physician to let us know how you are doing every quarter through a brief behavioral checklist and notifying us if concerns arise. Employers are given information about your illness strictly on a need-to-know basis.

When should I report myself?

You should contact us the moment you believe your patient care may be impaired for any reason. The earlier we identify a problem, the more effectively we help you find a long-term solution.

Am I eligible for NDPHP if I am not working in my profession?

As long as you have a North Dakota medical license or are a University of North Dakota medical student, you are eligible for NDPHP.