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URAP - Utah Recovery Assistance Program
URAP currently offers the option of diversion to licensed health care providers, ranging from physicians and nurses to social workers and veterinarians, who have not been previously sanctioned by their licensing boards for involvement with drugs or alcohol.
However, the program is available to any Utah licensed professional. Such individuals may come to the attention of URAP by either voluntarily coming forward or as part of the investigation process of a complaint filed with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
Please Contact URAP
- if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol;
- if you have a patient with a professional license who needs help; or
- if you know of another licensed professional who needs assistance.
You may remain anonymous.
You will receive information on what is expected of program participants, how DOPL ensures confidentiality, and what can be expected if participants successfully comply with the conditions agreed upon.
DOPL - URAP
(801) 530-6404 - FAX
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City UT 84114-6741
For information regarding URAP's random urinalysis program contact Affinity at (877) 267-4304.
- A diversionee has the right to counsel at any stage of the process.
- A diversionee waives the right to a hearing under Section 58-1-108 if accepted into the program.
- The charges against a licensee who successfully completes the requirements of the diversion agreement will be dismissed and the diversionee will no longer be subject to any action regarding the specified conduct.
- Entrance into diversion is not a determination that the charges have been proven.
- If a diversionee violates the diversion agreement, he/she may be served with an order to show cause, and a hearing shall be convened to determine the status regarding diversion. After the hearing, if failure to comply is shown, DOPL shall proceed with the charges which resulted in the diversion agreement plus any additional charges of unprofessional conduct arising from the violation of the diversion agreement itself.
- to provide humane, compassionate assistance for the first time offender and his/her family
- to assure that such assistance is synergistic with efforts of the individual to remain drug free
- to protect the public safety and interest, while providing insulation from public censure for the involved licensee, allowing for his/her continued productivity and a full, meaningful recovery
- to actively seek the support of employers, peer groups, and rehabilitation programs for the concept and process of diversion
- to support national and state efforts to improve and more broadly implement the principles of diversion
URAP offers employers and licensees individually determined degrees of monitoring of the diversionee's adherence to rehabilitation and recovery program requirements. Such monitoring usually is ongoing for a period of two to five years from the date of entry into the diversion program. URAP serves as the coordinating entity for the various stakeholders with the individual's recovery.
URAP serves as another source of observation, counsel, support, and encouragement for the diversionee, thus becoming an integral part and supplement to the diversionee's own comprehensive recovery program. More importantly, URAP offers the unique opportunity for the recovering individual to be accountable and responsible to a committee of peers. As such, it forms a solid foundation of honesty and accountability, both areas of major concern to the recovering individual.
Whereas Chemical Addiction:
- is considered a disease process.
- is classified as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- directly affects approximately 10% of the population.
- indirectly affects another 20%.
The State of Utah has -- by statute -- established a professional recovery program ( ) to assist chemically dependent individuals who hold professional licenses. The program is titled the Utah Recovery Assistance Program, or URAP.
Prior to participation, program candidates must meet certain defined criteria. During the course of the program, participants undergo rehabilitation and maintenance of recovery in a confidential environment and are generally able to participate with their licensure intact.
- a program which provides licensees with a structured, supportive, and monitored environment in which to work their own rehabilitation program
- a program which allows licensees to continue working with their license intact as far as the public is concerned
- a program which benefits society because the licensee maintains current and future productivity by paying taxes, providing services, etc.
- a reasonable way out of a tough problem
- a program of honesty -- the basis of any recovery program -- synergistic with working a quality recovery program
- a program that demonstrates concern and compassion on the part of peers and administrative officials
- a program which when successfully completed allows the case to be sealed -- as though it never happened
URAP Is Not..
- a treatment program
- a place to hide illegal activity
- an easy way out of a tough problem
- a program for repeat offenders
- a program for licensees who do not feel they have a problem (
) or who are not ready to change (unwillingness)
STEPS IN THE UTAH RECOVERY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Whether a professional licensee's substance abuse problem is noticed by peers or family or is identified through an investigation process, the licensee essentially has two potential avenues to take. One is confidential; the other is public.
In a confidential approach to a licensee's substance abuse problem (any investigation
has been suspended in favor of diversion),
the following steps should occur:
- Make your own appointment with Program Approved Treatment Resource for a complete evaluation of your problem.
- Meet with Diversion Committee (
). Bring your evaluation; be prepared to tell your story.
- The committee will consider your request and formulate the terms of an "Agreement" with the Program.
- Notification of denial or acceptance plus a copy of the Draft Agreement will be mailed to you within one week.
- Usually within the next three weeks, you will meet with the Committee to review and sign the Agreement.
- Begin Diversion, including: (
- Non-public license restriction as needed (
- Rehabilitation Program required
- Monthly report from Aftercare
- Quarterly report from counselor
- Quarterly report from employer
- Attend weekly 12 step meeting
- Submit to random Urinalysis
- 2 to 5 year Diversion Recovery Program
- Once the Recovery Assistance Program is successfully completed, the case is sealed -- no access by anyone but Program personnel. Your license remains intact.
- If you fail the Program, your case will be returned to Investigations and you will likely appear before the Licensing Board.
In a public approach to a licensee's substance abuse problem, the following steps may occur:
- Investigation is completed in favor of Board referral.
- Make an appointment with an attorney, if appropriate.
- The board will consider which action to take: revocation, suspension, probation.
- Notification of Board action posted on DOPL's website.
- Media and newspaper articles are possible.
- The approprate professional national data banks are notified.
- Begin Probation, including: (
Once probation is completed the license may be returned, or reapplication may be required.
The license record will continue to reflect the actions and results indefinitely.
If you fail to successfully complete your probation, public notice of the case will be given, an investigation will be started, and your license may be immediately revoked or suspended.
- Public license restriction/revocation (
- Rehab program required
- Monthly report aftercare
- Quarterly counselor report
- Quarterly employer report
- Attend 12 step meetings
- Random UA
- 2 years to indefinite probation