Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Our office has worked with many clients who are involved or have previously been involved with the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) or units within PHMP such as the Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP).

So what exactly is PHMP and is it right for you?

The Professional Health Monitoring Program is a division of the Bureau of Professional & Occupational Affairs (BPOA) which is divided into two units. - The Voluntary Recovery Program (VRP) & The Disciplinary Monitorung Unit (DMU) .

These Programs are available to help Health Care Professionals who may be in need of treatment due to substance abuse, chemical dependancy or who suffer an impairment for which treatment may be necessary.

Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Attorney Paletta and discuss your options regarding if this is a right choice for you!

Related - PA Department of State

A Few of Attorney Paletta's Actual Cases


  • Following medical treatment, a nurse became addicted to pain-killers, and was diverting those drugs from her employer hospital. An internal investigation to the missing medication was commenced, resulting in hospital investigators interviewing the suspected nurse. Because of the moral need to confess, and without consulting a lawyer, the nurse made a statement admitting to facts which formed the basis for a criminal prosecution by the Pennsylvania Attorney General, and an administrative prosecution to suspend her nursing license by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Attorney Paletta resolved the criminal prosecution by negotiating a plea bargain to a reduction of the charges and a penalty of Probation without Verdict. This resulted in an Expungement of her criminal record, and no nursing license suspension.
  • During the course of administering drugs to his patients in a hospital, a Doctor was simultaneously diverting a portion of those drugs for his own use. The Hospital discovered the diversion, and as a result, the Doctor was charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office with violations of the Crimes Code and Pharmacy Act. Attorney Paletta negotiated with the Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to successfully conclude both the criminal and administrative prosecution in a manner which permitted the Doctor to eventually expunge his record and retain his professional license.
If you are a Health Care Professional who may be facing a scenario similar to one above, contact our office to schedule your initial consultation and review your options with Attorney Paletta.