Tips for Dealing with the Professionals Resource Network (PRN)

Did you receive a call from someone at the Professionals Resource Network, which is better known as PRN? If someone contacted PRN and told them that you may be impaired in any way, as a result of alcohol, drugs, or a mental or physical condition, PRN may call and tell you that you must immediately get an evaluation from one of their providers, or risk losing your license. In many cases, providers panic and comply with PRN's demands, out of fear of losing their license. The evaluator finds that the provider is not safe to practice, and needs inpatient treatment before even being considered to be able to return to practice. He or she is then instructed to immediately withdraw from practice, or again is threatened with licensure suspension. After inpatient treatment, the provider may be returned to practice, but only upon agreeing to sign a five year monitoring contract, during which time they must call in every day for possible random drug testing, which is done almost weekly, and may not even have a glass of wine. A positive drug or alcohol test could again result in withdrawal from practice, and more inpatient treatment. Unfortunately, all the costs of compliance with PRN's demands are borne by the provider, and cost is not a consideration in what treatment is required before a provider is allowed to return to practice.

So what should you do if you are contacted by PRN? We recommend you contact an attorney experienced in dealing with PRN immediately --- before you speak with anyone there, and absolutely prior to undergoing an evaluation. In many cases, PRN does not have sufficient information to prove that a provider is unable to practice with skill and safety based on the information it was provided. You are not required to cooperate with PRN, and they have no authority to suspend your license. An attorney can help determine whether your license is at risk by failing to cooperate with PRN, and should be able to tell you in detail both the risks of cooperating and the risks of failing to cooperate with PRN. Once an evaluation is conducted, PRN may have obtained evidence of your inability to practice safely (based on the opinion of the evaluator), and it will be much more difficult to protect your license in the event you choose not to cooperate with PRN.

We are happy to meet with you to discuss your options if you are contacted by PRN, or if you are already involved with PRN and have questions about your rights and obligations, or are having difficulties dealing with PRN.

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