Mandatory Reporting of Inability to Practice With Reasonable Skill and Safety

Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-12e includes new requirements regarding mandatory reporting of impairment for the following health professionals effective October 1, 2015.  A link to the full statute can be found here.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse 
Athletic Trainer 
Master's Level Social Worker  
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor 
Naturopathic Physician 
Dental Hygienist  
Physical Therapist 
Physical Therapist Assistant     
Physician Assistant
Emergency Medical Personnel 
Funeral Director
Hearing Instrument Specialist  
Homeopathic Physician 
Professional Counselor
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor 
Provisional Faculty Dentist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 
Licensed Nurse Midwife 
Licensed Practical Nurse 
Registered Nurse
Marital and Family Therapist 
Respiratory Care Practitioner
Massage Therapist 
Speech and Language Pathologist
Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapist Assistant
 Medical Residents

Note: Concerns related to drug diversion or inappropriate prescribing of controlled substances should be reported to both the Department of Public Health and the Department of Consumer Protection, Drug Control Division.  The website for the Department of Consumer Protection is

Effective October 1, 2015, any health care professional or hospital shall file a petition if that hospital or health care professional has any information that appears to show that a health care professional is, or may be, unable to practice his or her profession with reasonable skill or safety for any of the following reasons:

  • Physical illness or loss of motor skill, including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process;   
  • Abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals;
  • Illegal, incompetent or negligent conduct in the practice of the profession of the health care professional;
  • Possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of controlled substances or legend drugs, except for therapeutic or other medically proper purposes;
  • Misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in the obtaining or reinstatement of a license to practice the profession of the health care professional; or
  • Violation of any provision of the chapter of the general statutes under which the health care professional is licensed or any regulation established under such chapter.

How does a health care practitioner of hospital fulfill this mandate?  

  • This mandate can be fulfilled by referring the health care practitioner to the HAVEN Program.  More information about the HAVEN program can be found here.
    • HAVEN is a confidential assistance program for health care professionals licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health who may be suffering from physical or mental illness, emotional disorder or chemical dependency.
  • This mandate can also be fulfilled by filing a petition with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. A printable form and additional instructions can be found here