Helping You Navigate Minnesota’s HPSP
What you don’t know about the Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) can hurt you. At the Law Office of Sivertson and Barrette, P.A., we encourage you to talk with us before you interact with HPSP. You’ll find the program does not always set participants up for success, and self-reporting can actually put your professional license at risk.
Based in St. Paul and serving health care professionals throughout Minnesota, we are truly on your side. We will aggressively advocate for you to make sure your license is protected. As experienced lawyers, we know many providers sign up for the HPSP at a time when they feel they have no other choice. Most have been struggling with chemical dependency or mental health issues. They worry their licenses are in jeopardy if they do not sign up, and they often feel a tremendous amount of shame and guilt about their past actions.
You Deserve An Advocate Who Is On Your Side
Just because you are in a bad situation does not mean you do not deserve for your rights to be protected. Now more than ever, you deserve someone on your side who will truly fight for you and help you move forward. You need a champion.
- If you’re thinking about self-reporting to the HPSP: Many health care providers who have experienced problems with chemical dependency look to the HPSP as a tool to keep them moving forward and keep them on track with their recoveries. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Did you know the HPSP will actually report you to your licensing board in certain circumstances? Contacting it for help can put your license at risk. Before you self-report, talk with an attorney to learn your rights and discuss the best course of action for you.
- If your employer has reported you: You have the right to an attorney when enrolling in the HPSP. It’s a good idea to have your attorney talk with you about your rights and review your participation agreement and monitoring plan before you sign. If you don’t get legal advice from someone on your side, you may be agreeing to something that isn’t fair, isn’t sustainable, and isn’t in your best interests for the next three or four years of your life.
- If you are participating in the HPSP and have run into problems: It is not unusual for HPSP case managers to make life-changing demands of HPSP participants. You could be asked to end relationships with longtime health care providers, go off of medications or be accused of failing drug tests. If you run into any problems, contacting a lawyer can help. But it’s critical to do so as soon as possible — even before trying to resolve the matter yourself.