Classes Of Membership

 

State Membership

State programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff. A state physician health program shall have a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action and have support of organized medicine in its state in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership:

1. Come under the direct auspices of the State Medical Society/Association; or
2. Be recognized/approved by the State Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or 
3. Be directed by a policy-making Board which is composed of a majority representation from the State Medical Society/Association; or 
4. Be administered by a state licensing or disciplinary agency.

Only state members shall have the right to vote at meetings. States with one member program shall have one vote per state. In states with more than one member program, each member program shall cast one vote. If the votes from each member program within a given state match, that vote will collectively carry as one single vote for the state. If the votes from each member program within a given state do not match, no vote will carry from that state.

Associate Membership

Open to compensated staff and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of state physician health programs as defined above. Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for Associate Membership.
 

Organizational Membership

Open to organizations who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, monitoring and advocacy of physicians and/or other healthcare professionals with potentially impairing illness in a hospital, office or other clinical/nonclinical setting. This category is open to only ONE (1) individual per organization, including a compensated and/or noncompensated staff and oversight board or committee member. In order to qualify for membership, an applicant for organizational membership shall:

1. Attest in writing that it is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that it supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the membership committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors. 

Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for organizational membership. This is not intended to exclude from membership compensated or non-compensated staff or committee members of alternative to discipline programs that are operated and/or overseen by the state licensing or disciplinary agency.

No organizational member can vote, attend FSPHP business meetings, hold elective office, chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. Organizational members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or act as a fully participating committee member, including ad-hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon expertise and areas of interest.

Organizational membership is not intended to include representatives, compensated or non-compensated staff, oversight board or committee members of treatment facilities.

The use of Federation membership to promote a treatment facility, drug testing company, other organization or for financial self-interest shall be grounds for removal of membership privileges at the sole discretion of the Federation Board of Directors.

Individual Membership

Open to individuals who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, care and treatment of physicians and/or other healthcare professionals with potentially impairing illness in a hospital, office or other clinical/nonclinical setting. This category is also open to compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of an FSPHP Organizational Member in good standing. In order to qualify for membership, applicants shall:

1. Attest in writing that he or she is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that he or she supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the membership committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

Members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies are not eligible for individual membership. This is not intended to exclude alternative to discipline programs that are operated and/or overseen by the state licensing or disciplinary agency.

Individual membership is not intended to include representatives, compensated or non-compensated staff, oversight board or committee members of treatment facilities.

No individual member can vote, attend FSPHP business meetings, hold elective office, chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. Individual members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or act as a fully participating committee member, including ad-hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon expertise and areas of interest.

The use of Federation membership to promote a treatment facility, drug testing company, other organization or for financial self-interest shall be grounds for removal of membership privileges at the sole discretion of the Federation Board of Directors.

International Membership

International programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff. An international physician health program shall have a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action and shall have the support of organized medicine in its state, province or jurisdiction in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership: 

1. Come under the direct auspices of the applicable Medical Society/Association; or 
2. Be recognized/approved by the applicable Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or 
3. Be directed by a policy-making board which is composed of at least 60% representation from the applicable Medical Society/Association; or 
4. Be administered by a recognized governing board that has a written agreement with the applicable Medical Society/Association which accepts this program.

No international member can vote or hold elective office or chair committees or represent the Federation in any venue. International members may be appointed to lead or chair a task force or a committee, or ad hoc committees appointed by the president dependent upon their expertise in various areas of interest.

Honorary Membership

Open to outstanding persons at the nomination by a state member, and the election by two-thirds of the state members present at the annual meeting.