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KCA Impaired Physician Program
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KCA Impaired Physician Program


Doctors of Chiropractic have problems that are experienced by our society as a whole. Mental and physical illness, including alcohol and other drug addictions, can potentially impair practice and health. The best estimates indicate that approximately 10% of all our society is affected.

 

Alcohol and other drug addictions, as well as mental and physical illnesses, are often treatable. By being proactive, the DC can get professional help before it is too late.

 

The goal of the KCA Impaired Physician Program is to provide confidential assistance to DCs in Kansas who may be suffering from physical or mental illness, addiction, or aging issues that could impair their ability to practice safely.

 

How is a DC Referred to the Program?

 

Family members, employees, associates, or friends concerned about a chiropractic professional often contact the Impaired Physician Program. Many DCs are self-referred. The KCA IPP will often refer licensees who have a problem which could jeopardize their practice.

 

What happens after a referral?

 

The Heart of America Professional Network (HAPN) first determines if the professional actually has a problem. If there is a problem, then the individual is referred for an evaluation. If treatment is recommended then an agreement is signed.

 

Is the information given to the Impaired Physician Program confidential?

 

All information held by the KCA IPP is confidential. Records are only kept at the HAPN Office. 

 

Will the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts know of my participation?

 

As long as the participant complies with the program, the board will not be notified. The board can require a licensee to undergo an evaluation to participate in the program in order to maintain or reinstate a license suspended for any impairment.

 

Who do I contact?

 

Heart of America Professional Network

6405 Metcalf Ave, Suite 205

Overland Park, KS 66202

(913) 236-7575

 

Mark Balderston, DC, Chairman

KCA Impaired Physician Program

Shawnee, KS 66216

(913) 631-8888

 

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