4731-16-02 General procedures in impairment cases.

(A) Should the board have reason to believe that any licensee or applicant suffers from impairment, as that term is used in division (B)(5) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (B)(26) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (B)(6) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (B)(6) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code, it may compel the individual to submit to a mental or physical examination, or both.

(1) Such examinations shall be undertaken by an approved treatment provider designated by the board.

(2) The notice issued ordering the individual to submit to examination shall delineate acts, conduct or behavior committed or displayed which establish reason to believe that the individual is impaired.

(3) Failure to submit to examination ordered by the board constitutes an admission of impairment unless the failure is due to circumstances beyond the individual's control.

(B) In cases where the only disciplinary action initiated against the individual is for violation of division (B)(5) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (B)(26) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (B)(6) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (B)(6) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code the following general pattern of action shall be followed:

(1) Upon identification by the board of reason to believe that a licensee or applicant is impaired it may compel an examination or examinations as set forth in paragraph (A) of this rule. The examination must meet all requirements of rule 4731-16-05 of the Administrative Code.

(a) If the examination or examinations fail to disclose impairment, no action shall be initiated pursuant to division (B)(5) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (B)(26) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (B)(6) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (B)(6) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code unless other investigation produces reliable, substantial, and probative evidence demonstrating impairment.

(b) If the examination or examinations disclose impairment, or if the board has other reliable, substantial and probative evidence demonstrating impairment, the board shall initiate proceedings to suspend the license or deny the applicant. The board may issue an order of summary suspension as provided in division (G) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (G) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (G) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (G) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code.

(2) The presence of one or more of the following circumstances shall constitute independent proof of impairment and shall support license suspension or denial without the need for an examination:

(a) The individual has relapsed during or following treatment;

(b) The individual has applied for or requested treatment in lieu of conviction of a criminal charge or intervention in lieu of conviction of a criminal charge, or has applied for or requested entry into a similar diversion or drug intervention program;

(c) The individual has pled guilty to or has had a judicial finding of guilt of a criminal offense that involved the individual's personal use or abuse of any controlled substance.

(3) Before being eligible to apply for reinstatement of a license suspended under this paragraph the impaired individual must demonstrate to the board that the individual can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards of care under the provisions of the individual's certificate. Such demonstrations shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

(a) Certification from a treatment provider approved under section 4731.25 of the Revised Code that the individual has successfully completed all required treatment, as follows:

(i) Except as provided in paragraph (B)(3)(a)(ii) of this rule, the required treatment shall include inpatient or residential treatment that extends a minimum of twenty-eight days with the following exception: If the individual has previously completed an inpatient or residential treatment program of at least twenty-eight days and maintained sobriety for at least one year following completion of that inpatient or residential treatment, the treatment required shall be determined by the treatment provider.

(ii) If the impaired individual is a massage therapist or cosmetic therapist who does not meet the criteria set forth in paragraph (B)(3)(iii) of this rule, the required treatment shall include intensive outpatient treatment meeting the requirements of paragraph (A)(13) of rule 4731-16-08 of the Administrative Code. The required intensive outpatient treatment must include a minimum of twenty treatment sessions over no less than five consecutive weeks with the following exception: If the massage therapist or cosmetic therapist has previously completed an intensive outpatient treatment program of at least twenty treatment sessions over no less than five consecutive weeks and has maintained sobriety for at least one year following completion of that intensive outpatient treatment, the treatment required shall be determined by the treatment provider.

(iii) If the impaired individual is a massage therapist or cosmetic therapist who was investigated by the board for possible impairment as part of a previous application for or while holding any certificate issued by the board other than a certificate to practice massage therapy or cosmetic therapy, the required treatment shall be in compliance with paragraph (B)(3)(a)(i) of this rule.

(b) Evidence of continuing full compliance with an aftercare contract that meets the requirements of rule 4731-16-10 of the Administrative Code, and with any consent agreement or order of the board then in effect;

(c) Two written reports indicating that the individual's ability to practice has been assessed and that the individual has been found capable of practicing according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care. The reports shall be made by individuals or providers approved by the board for making such assessments and shall describe the basis for this determination. A physician who is the medical director of a treatment provider approved under section 4731.25 of the Revised Code and this chapter of the Administrative Code may perform such an assessment without prior board approval.

(4) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (D) of this rule, the board may reinstate a license suspended under this paragraph after the demonstration described in paragraph (B)( 3) of this rule and after the individual has entered into a written consent agreement which conforms to the requirements set forth in rule 4731-16-06 of the Administrative Code, or after the board has issued a final order in lieu of a consent agreement.

(5) When the impaired individual resumes practice after license reinstatement, the board shall require continued monitoring of the individual. This monitoring shall include but not be limited to compliance with the written consent agreement entered into before reinstatement or compliance with conditions imposed by board order after a hearing, and, upon termination of the consent agreement, submission by the individual to the board, for at least two years, of annual written progress reports made under penalty of perjury stating whether the license holder has maintained sobriety.

(C) In cases where the board has initiated a disciplinary action for violations of any provisions of Chapter 4731., Chapter 4730., Chapter 4760. or Chapter 4762. of the Revised Code or any of its rules in addition to division (B)(5) of section 4730.25 of the Revised Code, division (B)(26) of section 4731.22 of the Revised Code, division (B)(6) of section 4760.13 of the Revised Code or division (B)(6) of section 4762.13 of the Revised Code, the general pattern of action described in paragraph (B) of this rule will be followed with the following exceptions:

(1) If the board permanently revokes a license, the individual shall not be eligible for further consideration for licensure or license reinstatement;

(2) If the board imposes a period of ineligibility for licensure, the individual shall not be eligible for licensure or license reinstatement until the period of ineligibility has lapsed;

(3) If the board imposes an indefinite period of ineligibility, licensure or license reinstatement shall depend upon successful completion of the requirements in paragraphs (B)( 3) and (B)(4) of this rule and determination by the board that the period of suspension or ineligibility served is commensurate with the violations found.

(D) Except as provided in this paragraph, an individual who has relapsed during or following treatment shall be ineligible to apply for reinstatement for at least ninety days following the date of license suspension for a first relapse, for at least one year following the date of license suspension for a second relapse, and for at least three years following the date of license suspension for a third relapse. An individual who suffers a relapse, as that term is defined in paragraph (B) of rule 4731-16-01 of the Administrative Code, will not be subjected to suspension or other board discipline based on that relapse if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The relapse was the first ever suffered by the individual;

(2) The relapse occurred under circumstances that the board finds minimized the probability that the individual would either provide patient care while under influence of alcohol or drugs or leave patients without necessary care while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;

(3) The relapse involved a single occasion of use for less than one day;

(4) The individual self-reported the relapse within forty-eight hours in accordance with rule 4731-15-01 of the Administrative Code;

(5) The individual does not thereafter suffer another relapse;

(6) The board does not obtain evidence of acts, conduct or omissions that would support the imposition of discipline, apart from the relapse itself;

(7) The relapse does not lead to the individual being charged with any criminal offense;

(8) The individual reported the relapse to an approved treatment provider within forty-eight hours, submitted to evaluation as requested by the approved treatment provider, and obtained any additional treatment recommended;

(9) The individual suspended practice until the approved treatment provider reported in writing to the board that it had made a clear determination that the individual was capable of practicing according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care; and

(10) The approved treatment provider provides the board a full report of the evaluation, and the board's secretary and supervising member decide that there are not circumstances warranting the initiation of disciplinary action.

Replaces: 4731-16-02

Effective: 01/31/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/31/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4730.07 , 4731.05 , 4760.19 , 4762.19
Rule Amplifies: 4730.25 , 4730.32 , 4731.22 , 4731.224 , 4731.25 , 4760.13 , 4762.13
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/99, 12/1/91, 11/30/02, 6/30/07