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Eligibility Criteria

In order to protect the public from unsafe practice, TnPAP has established criteria for practitioners interested in services. You must:

  • Be willing to refrain from practicing until a return to practice authorization is obtained from TnPAP and
  • Voluntarily request, in writing, Request for Services Form - TnPAP of Tennessee and
  • Be identified as having practice issues due to a physical, mental, or chemical dependency (prescribed or illegal drugs) impairment or
  • Be an individual whose employer has directed him/her to participate in TnPAP as a condition of continuation of employment or
  • Be an individual who recognizes that (s)he is experiencing difficulty with a physical, mental health or chemical impairment before being confronted by an employer, the police or a Tennessee Department of Health investigator or
  • Be an individual whose employer or whose licensure board has directed him/her to participate in TnPAP as part of disciplinary process.
  • Be an individual who is willing to inform any university/college that (s)he is in the process of TnPAP enrollment.
Timely completion of authorization for exchange of information (aka Release of Information) forms as instructed by TnPAP, including but may not be limited to:

Any individual who is unable or unwilling, for any reason, to adhere to the criteria is not eligible for services.

 
 

Steps in the Enrollment Process

A healthcare provider wishing to utilize TnPAP services must agree to comply with all requests and recommendations made during the enrollment process. Steps include, but may not be limited to:

Step I Voluntarily cease practice until a return to practice authorization is obtained from TnPAP.
Step II Complete and submit Request for Services within three (3) business days.
Step III Complete and submit the following release of information forms.
Step IV After submitting Enrollment Request, call TnPAP and speak to an intake representative who will provide you with information on scheduling an evaluation. You must use an evaluator that is approved by TnPAP.
Step V Schedule an evaluation.
Step VI Immediately notify TnPAP of the evaluation appointment date and time. Failure to do so may result in the file being closed.
Step VII Complete and submit the following release of information form.
Step VIII Once the evaluation recommendation report is received in TnPAP, it is reviewed by the Executive Director and a letter will be prepared and mailed to you (certified) outlining the recommendations, if any.
Step IX Follow all evaluations recommended (neuropsychological testing, medical evaluations, pain management assessment, etc.) if any.
Step X Follow all treatment recommendations made, if any.
Step XI Be responsible for all costs of evaluation, treatment and toxicology screening.
Step XII Maintain weekly communication with TnPAP.

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TnPAP is a program of the Tennessee Nurses Foundation. This program is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Health.

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