The Massachusetts Professional Recovery System (MPRS) is a five-year program which exists as a public-private partnership between the Division of Health Professions Licensure of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and various professional societies and organizations to assist licensed health professionals who have problems with alcohol and/or other drugs to return to practice while protecting the public's health, safety and welfare.
The MPRS Advisory Committee believes that
- chemical dependency is a biopsychosocial disease affecting the cognitive, spiritual, emotional and physical being of the individual
- chemical dependency is a chronic, progressive health problem that responds positively to intervention and treatment
- behavioral change is possible and that every professional has the right to pursue recovery
- relapse prevention is a part of ongoing recovery
- recovering professionals can make vital contributions to the health care system and society
- professionals in recovery, given appropriate adaptations and accommodations, can safely continue or resume practice
A licensed professional admitted to the MPRS program agrees to abide by a prescribed Monitoring Contract developed by the MPRS Advisory Committee in conjunction with the seven Boards it serves. The individual is supervised and monitored by Board staff and the MPRS Advisory Committee. Noncompliance with the treatment contract may constitute grounds for reporting a participant to the appropriate Board of Registration and may be cause for disciplinary action by that Board.
Admission to the program will only be considered when an individual agrees to attempt to abstain from the use or abuse of mood-altering drugs and alcohol.
The MPRS encourages self-referrals of professionals with alcohol and drug problems. Licensed professionals or their family, friends, or employers can contact the MPRS to get confidential information about the program or information about other resources available to assist health care professionals in recovery.
All inquiries into MPRS may be made anonymously and confidentially. Self-referrals may continue that confidentiality if full compliance is maintained after admission and there us no threat to public safety. MPRS participants entering into the program as part of a consent agreement typically have their continued compliance with program requirements reported to their Board and thus limited confidentiality. For all participants, communication between the MPRS and the licensee's treatment providers, employers and other appropriate individuals is necessary.
MPRS Participation Outcomes
At the end of the five years of participation, it is expected that participants will be working within their profession without restrictions in practice; that they will be sober and integrated into the recovering community; and that their self-esteem will have been enhanced by their active participation in the rehabilitation program.
MPRS Community Outreach
The Division of Healthcare Professions Licensure and MPRS are committed to not only supporting those who choose to participate in the program, but also raising the awareness of resources for people affected by substance abuse and alcoholism within local networks of healthcare professionals in Massachusetts. To arrange for a presentation from the MPRS Coordinator, please see the contact information below.