Information about the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP)

Learn about the SARP program.

Refer to the SARP Handbook for full and detailed information.


According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 112, section 80F, SARP is a voluntary alternative to disciplinary program for nurses with substance use disorders.

Length of program

SARP is a 5 year program.

The CASP is a legally-binding document that outlines your participation in SARP.

Contract requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Toxicology screenings
  • Individual therapy
  • Self-help group participation
  • Monitored practice


Participation in SARP is strictly confidential.

SARP participation outcomes

Upon successful completion of the SARP program, we expect that you will:

  • Be able to safely return to nursing practice without restrictions
  • Be able to demonstrate sustained recovery

Duty to Report

As outlined in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations 244 CMR 9.03 (26), a nurse who holds a valid license and who directly observes another nurse engaged in any of the following shall report that nurse to the Board in accordance with Board guidelines:

  • Abuse of a patient
  • Practice of nursing while impaired by substance abuse
  • Diversion of controlled substances

Learn more about nursing mandatory abuse reporting.

SARP forms

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