Montana Board of Medical Examiners

Montana Professional Assistance Program

Montana law empowers the Board of Medical Examiners to “establish a program to assist and rehabilitate licensed physicians 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 or chronic physical illness.” 37-3-203(4), MCA.

The Montana Professional Assistance Program (MPAP) contracts with the Board 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, MPAP and the Board are confidential.

Generally, a physician or other licensee under the auspices of the Board of Medical Examiners who is suspected of practicing while impaired may be referred to MPAP by his peers or hospital staff members, by complaints to the Board, or by self-referral. Physicians who are licensed in other states and participating in that state’s physician health program generally are referred to MPAP at the time of their initial application for a Montana medical license.

A physician or allied healthcare professional with a condition of impairment enters into a contract with MPAP that may require evaluation and participation in treatment at a facility recommended by MPAP, voluntary withdrawal from practice while undergoing evaluation and 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, on-going monitoring and other conditions, as recommended. Length of monitoring generally is for five years post-treatment. Some contracts may be indefinite.

For more information, contact MPAP at 406-245-4300, or send e-mail to mpap@mtphp.net. You are also encouraged to visit their website at www.montanaprofessionalassistance.com.

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