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32-1299. Substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation program; private contract; funding; confidential stipulation agreement
A. The board may establish a confidential program for the treatment and rehabilitation of dentists, dental therapists, denturists and dental hygienists who are impaired by alcohol or drug abuse. This program shall include education, intervention, therapeutic treatment and posttreatment monitoring and support.
B. The board may contract with other organizations to operate the program established pursuant to this section. A contract with a private organization shall include the following requirements:
1. Periodic reports to the board regarding treatment program activity.
2. Release to the board on demand of all treatment records.
3. Periodic reports to the board regarding each dentist's, dental therapist's, denturist's or dental hygienist's diagnosis and prognosis and recommendations for continuing care, treatment and supervision.
4. Immediate reporting to the board of the name of an impaired practitioner whom the treating organization believes to be a danger to self or others.
5. Immediate reporting to the board of the name of a practitioner who refuses to submit to treatment or whose impairment is not substantially alleviated through treatment.
C. The board may allocate an amount of not more than twenty dollars annually or sixty dollars triennially from each fee it collects from the renewal of active licenses for the operation of the program established by this section.
D. A dentist, dental therapist, denturist or hygienist who, in the opinion of the board, is impaired by alcohol or drug abuse shall agree to enter into a confidential nondisciplinary stipulation agreement with the board. The board shall place a licensee or certificate holder on probation if the licensee or certificate holder refuses to enter into a stipulation agreement with the board and may take other action as provided by law. The board may also refuse to issue a license or certificate to an applicant if the applicant refuses to enter into a stipulation agreement with the board.
E. In the case of a licensee or certificate holder who is impaired by alcohol or drug abuse after completing a second monitoring program pursuant to a stipulation agreement under subsection D of this section, the board shall determine whether:
1. To refer the matter for a formal hearing for the purpose of suspending or revoking the license or certificate.
2. The licensee or certificate holder should be placed on probation for a minimum of one year with restrictions necessary to ensure public safety.
3. To enter into another stipulation agreement under subsection D of this section with the licensee or certificate holder.