Guide for SARP participants

Frequently asked questions about participation in the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP)

When can I begin participating in SARP?

SARP participation begins on the date that you sign your Consent Agreement for SARP Participation (CASP).

Can I enroll in SARP in the absence of a complaint against my practice?

Yes. You can enroll in SARP without a complaint. SARP accepts self-referrals.

When can I resume nursing practice?

Nurses who meet all SARP monitoring requirements may return to supervised practice in 1 year.

Do I need approval prior to accepting a nursing position?

Yes. You must have any nursing position approved by a SARP Coordinator prior to accepting a nursing position.

How much does it cost to participate in SARP?

Costs may vary. If not covered by health insurance, participants must pay for all toxicology screens and therapy sessions.

Can I travel while in SARP?

Yes, you can travel only with a SARP Coordinator's prior approval.

What should I do if I become ill?

Please notify your SARP Coordinator immediately.

What prescribed or over-the-counter medications am I permitted to have while enrolled in SARP?

Your treatment provider may prescribe medication to treat a particular illness. You must have all medications approved by a Medical Review Officer (MRO) and a SARP Coordinator.

Will my nursing license status stay current online?

Yes. Your Massachusetts nursing license will remain in good standing, but will be identified with non-disciplinary restrictions or conditions throughout your SARP participation.

What happens to my nursing license after I complete SARP?

Upon successful completion of SARP, your license will remain in good standing with no restrictions.


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