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June 19, 2024

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What is the Georgia PHP?

The Georgia Professional Health Program (Georgia PHP, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2012 to assist all licensees of…

The Georgia Professional Health Program (Georgia PHP, Inc.) is a nonprofit organization formed in 2012 to assist all licensees of the Georgia Composite Medical Board and in 2022 the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine, who develop potentially impairing conditions, mental illnesses, to include depression, substance use and other addictive disorders. We are not, per se, a treatment organization. Rather, we provide initial triage, referral into treatment, treatment quality monitoring, and long-term care monitoring for addiction and other mental/behavioral health disorders. The Georgia Professional Health Program was made possible by state law passed in 2010. The law provides for a structured relationship between the medical board and the services of the Georgia PHP. An agreement was reached with the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. We are not a licensing or sanctioning body. We are a voluntary organization and see our mission as helping Georgia healthcare and veterinary providers remain healthy and in doing so, to improve the health of all citizens of our state. We do not obtain any funding from state government or agencies. The majority of our funding comes from participant fees. We also pursue grant funding from benevolent benefactors in agencies that benefit from our services.

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What is Monitoring?

Monitoring refers to two types of interventions that promote abstinence. When abstinence is in place, it increases the probability of…

Monitoring refers to two types of interventions that promote abstinence. When abstinence is in place, it increases the probability of an individual attaining the state of recovery, but does not guarantee it. 

One of the largest functions of the Georgia PHP is monitoring its participants. Monitoring refers to drug screen testing and tracking simple behavioral parameters. The drug screen testing is performed randomly to reduce the frequency of testing. A participant is required to test when selected to insure that the monitoring is accurate. Testing alone will not keep an addicted individual abstinent, but testing when combined with intensive treatment is profoundly effective.

In addition to drug screen testing, PHPs monitor a participants behaviors. Tracking attendance at support group meetings and therapy sessions are among the most common behaviors we track. Research has shown that tracking these simple behaviors increases treatment compliance and increases the probability that an individual will enter true recovery from their addictive disorder.

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What Does a PHP Do?

A PHP provides support and services for those at risk of mental health illness, such as stress, burnout, anxiety and…

A PHP provides support and services for those at risk of mental health illness, such as stress, burnout, anxiety and other conditions such as substance use disorder. 

GAPHP offers services to healthcare providers who have a medical condition that could impact their clinical performance. These services include general outreach, crisis intervention, informal assessment, treatment monitoring, and support for providers who need our help. GAPHP believes that early intervention and evaluation offer the best opportunity for a successful outcome and help to protect patient safety.

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We have an employee (staff physician) currently in the PHP. What type of documentation should I expect from Georgia PHP?

The Georgia Professional Health Program follows the guidelines established by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) regarding communication…

The Georgia Professional Health Program follows the guidelines established by the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) regarding communication with hospitals and other healthcare agencies. As such, we provide quarterly letters that attest to a participants compliance with the Georgia PHP. For confidentiality reasons, we do not re-release the results of urine drug screens, evaluations, treatment, or psychotherapy records.

We do require that all of our participants sign releases for their practice and credentialing institutions prior to communication with you. If the Georgia PHP has an emergent concern about one of our participants, we will take steps to assert public safety. Because we have a signed release for credentialing institutions, we will communicate this concern as soon as is practical.

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My spouse entered treatment. Should I contact the medical board?

If you, your spouse or loved one has entered inpatient residential or outpatient treatment for a substance use or psychiatric…

If you, your spouse or loved one has entered inpatient residential or outpatient treatment for a substance use or psychiatric disorder, you do not need to contact the Georgia Composite Medical Board or the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine. By contacting the Georgia PHP, you are able to keep treatment confidential and at the same time protect your Georgia medical license or veterinary license.

As long as you or your loved one is maintained in a PHP-approved treatment process, you do not need to make a subsequent report to the Georgia Composite Medical Board or the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine. If your case becomes known to the Georgia Composite Medical Board or the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine at some later date (because a colleague or other concerned individual calls the board), the medical board or veterinary board may contact us. We will then, in turn, let you know about this contact and reassure the Georgia Composite Medical Board or the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine of your (or your loved one's) compliance with treatment. Only in rare cases will the Georgia Composite Medical Board or Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine need to know about your situation.

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My partners and I are concerned about a colleague. What should we do?

If you are concerned about the mental health of a colleague, please contact us via email (webinquiry@gaphp.org) or by phone (855-694-2747).…

If you are concerned about the mental health of a colleague, please contact us via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (855-694-2747). Because Georgia has its own professional health program, you can assist your colleague in obtaining confidential care. The staff of the Georgia PHP regularly receives intake calls about professionals who may be in trouble. Each case is handled uniquely, based on clinical need. Some cases require a direct referral into an assessment or even treatment. Other cases may benefit from gathering additional data about your colleague’s situation. Doing nothing when you have a concern is not a good approach. And now, thanks to the confidential Georgia PHP program, humane and definitive care is available to Georgia providers.

The Georgia PHP can direct you in obtaining additional information and in ways of helping assist a colleague to obtain needed care. We can also help you protect your hospital or practice while investigating your concerns.

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I am a physician in Georgia and just obtained a DUI. Should I contact you?

If you are a physician or veterinarian in Georgia and have been arrested and/or charged in a DUI or other…

If you are a physician or veterinarian in Georgia and have been arrested and/or charged in a DUI or other substance related event, it is in your best interest to contact the Georgia PHP. You will need to report this information to the medical board or veterinary medicine board and having us at your side guiding the proper response to this event is critical.

Please refer to other areas of this website and contact us for additional information.

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How can I find help?

The Georgia Professionals Health Program (Georgia PHP, Inc.) provides intake, assessment, referral and long term management of physicians, physician assistants,…

The Georgia Professionals Health Program (Georgia PHP, Inc.) provides intake, assessment, referral and long term management of physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, and veterinarians with substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. We are a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to the care of health care professionals and licensed veterinarians who live and work in the state of Georgia. If you have a concern about yourself, a family member, colleague or co-worker the first step is asking for help. To reach us you may send an email to us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the contact form by clicking here. If your concern is urgent, call us at 1-855-MyGaPHP (1-855-694-2747). Some will get with you as soon as possible to help.

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Does the Georgia PHP provide treatment?

The Georgia PHP, like all professional health programs, is not a treatment provider per se. Instead, we provide initial triage,…

The Georgia PHP, like all professional health programs, is not a treatment provider per se. Instead, we provide initial triage, referral, and treatment quality management. We carefully select and reevaluate providers who perform the actual treatment, ensuring they provide state-of-the-art care for healthcare professionals. This quality review process extends to our assessors, initial treatment programs, the substance screening process, as well as ongoing needed psychotherapy. In many ways, a PHP is like an employee assistance program whose goal it is to increase the health by managing chronic disease care.

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