Montana Board of Dentistry

Medical Assistance Program

Montana law authorizes the Board of Dentistry to “establish a protocol for the referral to a board-approved rehabilitation program for licensees subject to the jurisdiction of the board who are found to be physically or mentally impaired by habitual intemperance or the excessive use of addictive drugs, alcohol, or any other drug or substance or by mental illness or chronic physical illness.” Section 37-4-311, MCA. The Board of Dentistry utilizes the Medical Assistance Program (MAP) to fulfill this function of assisting healthcare professionals with conditions that may impair their ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety. All contacts between healthcare professionals, MAP and the Board are confidential.

Generally, a licensee under the authority of the Board of Dentistry who is suspected of practicing while impaired may be referred to MAP by the licensee's peers or staff members, by complaints to the Board, or by self-referral. Generally, dentists, dental hygienists or denturists who are licensed in another state and participating in that state’s licensee health program are referred to MAP at the time of their initial application for a Montana dental, dental hygiene, or denturitry license.

A dentist, dental hygienist or denturist with a condition of impairment enters into a contract with MAP that may require the following:
· evaluation and participation in treatment at a facility recommended by MAP;
· voluntary withdrawal from practice while undergoing evaluation, treatment, and subsequent therapy;
· random body fluid testing;
· toxicology reports;
· total abstinence from mood-altering substances, including alcohol;
· regular and consistent participation in Caduceus and 12-step meetings;
· ongoing monitoring and other conditions as recommended.

Length of monitoring is generally for five years post-treatment, although some contracts may be for indefinite terms. Participants known to the Board usually visit with the Board on an annual or more frequent basis.

For more information, contact MAP at 406-841-2100 or send an e-mail to mapinfo@mt.gov. You are also encouraged to visit their website at map.mt.gov.

 

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