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Requirements for Implementation of CA Uniform Standards Regarding Substance-Abusing Healing Arts Licensees

There are 16 requirements for Implementation of CA Senate Bill 14411 (Ridley-Thomas) commonly known as Uniform Standards Regarding Substance-Abusing Healing Arts Licensees.  The Department of Consumer Affairs and the Substance Abuse Coordination Committee are responsible for implemtation of this Bill.  The requirements are listed below.  In the body of the pdf form linked to this page you can read the Standards which was created to fulfill the requirement.  Here are the requirements:

Requirement 1 - Specific requirements for a clinical diagnostic evaluation of the licensee, including, but not limited to,
required qualifications for the providers evaluating the licensee.

Requirement 2 -Specific requirements for the temporary removal of the licensee from practice, in order to enable the
licensee to undergo the clinical diagnostic evaluation described in subdivision (a) and any treatment recommended by
the evaluator described in subdivision (a) and approved by the board, and specific criteria that the licensee must meet
before being permitted to return to practice on a full-time or part-time basis.

Requirement 3 - Specific requirements that govern the ability of the licensing board to communicate with the licensee’s
employer about the licensee’s status or condition.

Requirement 4 - Standards governing all aspects of required testing, including, but not limited to, frequency of testing,
randomnicity, method of notice to the licensee, number of hours between the provision of notice and the test, standards
for specimen collectors, procedures used by specimen collectors, the permissible locations of testing, whether the collection
process must be observed by the collector, backup testing requirements when the licensee is on vacation or otherwise
unavailable for local testing, requirements for the laboratory that analyzes the specimens, and the required maximum
timeframe from the test to the receipt of the result of the test.

Requirement 5 - Standards governing all aspects of group meeting attendance requirements, including, but not limited to,
required qualifications for group meeting facilitators, frequency of required meeting attendance, and methods of documenting
and reporting attendance or nonattendance by licensees.

Requirement 6 - Standards used in determining whether inpatient, outpatient, or other type of treatment is necessary.

Requirement 7 - Worksite monitoring requirements and standards, including, but not limited to, required qualifications
of worksite monitors, required methods of monitoring by worksite monitors, and required reporting by worksite monitors.

Requirement 8 - Procedures to be followed when a licensee tests positive for a banned substance.

Requirement 9 - Procedures to be followed when a licensee is confirmed to have ingested a banned substance.

Requirement 10 - Specific consequences for major and minor violations. In particular, the committee shall consider the use
of a “deferred prosecution” stipulation described in Section 1000 of the Penal Code, in which the licensee admits to self-abuse
of drugs or alcohol and surrenders his or her license. That agreement is deferred by the agency until or unless licensee commits
a major violation, in which case it is revived and license is surrendered.

Requirement 11 - Criteria that a licensee must meet in order to petition for return to practice on a full time basis.

Requirement 12 - Criteria that a licensee must meet in order to petition for reinstatement of a full and unrestricted license.

Requirement 13 - If a board uses a private-sector vendor that provides diversion services, (1) standards for immediate
reporting by the vendor to the board of any and all noncompliance with process for providers or contractors that provide diversion
services, including, but not limited to, specimen collectors, group meeting facilitators, and worksite monitors; (3) standards
requiring the vendor to disapprove and discontinue the use of providers or contractors that fail to provide effective or timely
diversion services; and (4) standards for a licensee's termination from the program and referral to enforcement.

Requirement 14 - If a board uses a private-sector vendor that provides diversion services, the extent to which licensee
participation in that program shall be kept confidential from the public.

Requirement 15 - If a board uses a private-sector vendor that provides diversion services, a schedule for external independent
audits of the vendor’s performance in adhering to the standards adopted by the committee

Requirement 16 - Measurable criteria and standards to determine whether each board’s method of dealing with substance-
abusing licensees protects patients from harm and is effective in assisting its licensees in recovering from substance abuse
in the long term.




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