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Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP)

A Confidential, Nondisciplinary Monitoring Program for Health Professionals

The State of Minnesota Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) is a professionally staffed, confidential program designed to monitor the treatment and continuing care of eligible, regulated health professionals. Specifically, the program serves individuals who may be unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety if their illness is not appropriately managed. Treatment plan activities and practice limitations for physical, mental, or psychological conditions, including chemical abuse and/or dependence, will be monitored for compliance.

The program is not a professional support network, a treatment provider, nor an enforcement agency.  For more information view the HPSP Website.

Program Reporting

Regulated health professionals who cannot practice with reasonable skill and safety due to illness must report to the program or their board.  Reporting to HPSP fulfills the reporting requirements related to illness as established in individual professional practice acts.  Reports submitted in accordance with statute are confidential and are immune from civil liability.  Participating boards may direct or refer regulated persons to HPSP.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the HPSP, a regulated health professional must be regulated by a participating board and must have the ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety when appropriate limitations and continuing care requirements are followed.

Admission to HPSP shall be denied to:

  • Persons terminated from a similar program in another state.
  • Persons monitored for HIV/HBV by the Department of Health (MN Statutes 214.17 to 214.25) unless referred by Department of Health or a board.
  • Persons currently under a participating board's disciplinary order or corrective action agreement unless referred by the board.
  • Persons accused of sexual misconduct.
  • Persons whose continued practice would create a serious risk of harm to others.
  • Persons who have diverted controlled substances for other than self-administration.

Program Management

  • A program committee, consisting of one person appointed by each participating board, will establish the program budget, provide guidance and monitor the program implementation in accordance with enabling legislation.
  • An advisory committee, consisting of one member nominated by each profession regulated by a participating board and two public members, will provide input to the program committee.
  • The program manager and staff will implement the program in a manner consistent with the policies established by the program committee.

Program Services

  • HPSP will develop individualized program Participation Agreements that monitor compliance with a treatment plan, consistent with the participant's illness.
  • HPSP may refer participants to treating professionals for evaluation, treatment and a written continuing care plan.
  • Participants are responsible for paying the costs of evaluation, treatment and drug screens, if required.

Program Completion/Discharge

  • Successful completion of the program occurs when the terms of the program Participation Agreement have been fulfilled.
  • A participant may voluntarily terminate participation in the HPSP at any time by reporting to their board.
  • Discharge and board referral may be made by the professional staff, for reasons including, but not limited to:
  • inability to secure information necessary to develop a Participation Agreement and document compliance.
  • failure to comply with Participation Agreement.
  • indications that continued practice would create a serious risk of harm to the public.

Location and Contact Info

1380 Energy Lane Ste 202
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: (651) 643-2120 
FAX: (651) 643-2163
Website: http://www.hpsp.state.mn.us/

Participating Boards

  • Behavioral Health & Therapy
  • Chiropractic Examiners 
  • Dentistry 
  • Dietetics and Nutrition
  • EMSRB
  • Marriage and Family Therapy 
  • Medical Practice 
  • Nursing 
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy 
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatric Medicine 
  • Psychology
  • Social Work 
  • Veterinary Medicine