Recovering Professional Program

South Carolina License Defense Attorneys Protecting Your Right to Continued Practice LLR Referral to RPP

Receiving notice that a complaint has been initiated against your license is overwhelming. Learning that the assigned LLR investigator expects you to report to RPP for intake and an evaluation can make the matter even more stressful. Our professional license defense attorneys have spent years working with the South Carolina Recovering Professional Program, advocating on behalf of licensees within the confines of the law.  A referral to the South Carolina Recovering Professional Program does not mean that the licensee will be required to participate in the program.  It means the licensee must go through the RPP intake and evaluation process to determine whether the licensee has a drug or alcohol related problem. When retained early enough in the process, our professional license defense lawyers can intervene and advocate on your behalf.

In the event of an alcohol or drug related complaint, an investigator working on behalf of any of the following LLR licensing boards may refer a licensee to RPP for concerns related to potential drug or alcohol abuse:

If you have been contacted by an LLR investigator and directed to call the Recovering Professional Program for intake and an assessment, call us to learn more about the intake process and what you can expect before you report for intake. We are here to support you and your continued practice. 803-227-4254.

The RPP Intake Process

Regardless of whether you voluntarily report to RPP, or are directed to go to RPP by an RPP investigator, the process begins by calling RPP to schedule an intake appointment.

During your initial call to RPP, you can generally expect to be assigned a specific counselor. You will also schedule a convenient time to report to RPP’s office for intake.

During the initial RPP intake meeting, the assigned RPP counselor will discuss the reason for your report with you, go over the initial paperwork and the RPP process, including what RPP expects from you.

The RPP Monitoring Agreement

RPP participants are commonly required to sign a participation monitoring agreement at their initial intake appointment. The monitoring agreement sets forth RPP requirements and expectations including abstinence from the use of drugs and alcohol; drug testing through recovery trek, participation in NA or AA, and practice based support meetings including PAPIN and CADUCEUS.

Licensees will also be asked to bring a pharmacy report outlining any medication(s) prescribed during the past year.

At the conclusion of the RPP intake meeting, you will be referred to a facility and directed to schedule an appointment for an assessment.

The RPP Assessment

SC RPP works with collaborative partners across the state and beyond (depending upon the Board) to assess whether a licensee has a diagnosable condition under the DSM 5.

The results of your RPP assessment will determine whether you are required to participate in the program or are discharged with no diagnosis.

Important question to ask your RPP intake counselor include:

  • Whether you may continue to take lawfully prescribed medications pending your assessment;
  • Whether you may continue to work;
  • When and where your assessment will be conducted.

If you have hired an attorney, you will also need to provide your RPP intake counselor with a signed, witnessed, consent form. This form allows your attorney to speak with RPP, advocate, and obtain valuable information on your behalf.

Transferring to RPP from another monitoring program

If you plan on moving to South Carolina, and are currently participating in a monitoring program in another state, RPP may serve as your primary monitoring agency.

Depending upon the facts of your case, it may be advisable to contact RPP prior to applying for licensure in South Carolina. Our attorneys can help you determine the most appropriate steps to take before any required LLR Board appearance to ensure that you are prepared to appear before the Board.

Call today to speak directly with a professional licensing attorney. 803-227-4254.