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Oklahoma Peer Assistance Program
2901 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 525-2277

A confidential program to help nurses return to safe practice.

About OPAP
The Oklahoma Peer Assistance Program (OPAP) is a voluntary, confidential program, which assists licensed nurses whose competency may be impaired due to substance abuse and/or chemical dependency.

Mission Statement
We provide a structured, voluntary program that facilitates a recovering nurse's return to safe practice, thereby protecting the public.

Vision Statement
The Peer Assistance Program of the Oklahoma Board of Nursing envisions a structure that provides an atmosphere of healing for all facets of a recovering nurse's life.

OPAP's services include:
o Development of an individualized structured plan of recovery;
o Monitoring of participation compliance;
o Encouragement, support and
o Education on chemical dependency issues.


What is Chemical Dependency?

Chemical dependency is an addiction to and compulsive use of any mind-altering drug, including alcohol. This includes physical or psychological dependence on any drug, whether or not it has been prescribed by one or more physicians, diverted at work, obtained from friends or bought on the street. Fortunately, the illness is treatable. Appropriate and effective treatment can save a nurse's life, career and license.

OPAP Can Help
Nurses are not immune from substance abuse and chemical dependency. In fact, there may be an even greater risk of such problems due to the availability and accessibility of drugs in the work environment and stress related issues of the profession. An alcohol or drug abuse problem left untreated may encourage the nurse to risk their life or health and compromise the safety of patients. OPAP provides hope, help and alternatives to nurses who experience these problems.

Public Protection
OPAP also safeguards the public by:
o Facilitating early recognition and treatment of impaired nurses and
o Providing structured monitoring and follow-up of nurses participating in the program.


Referrals
OPAP is for any nurse licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma. Please contact us for details on eligibility and acceptance. Also available is information regarding the relationship between OPAP and Oklahoma Board of Nursing, specific services and benefits of participation.

Confidentiality

All requests for information and/or assistance are confidential, as well as all records of program participants. Participation in the OPAP program is protected by confidentiality from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing as long as program compliance is maintained.

Make the Call.......
The decision to seek help is often a difficult one. Not recognizing or dealing with a chemical dependency can often make problems more serious and difficult to solve. OPAP believes that each nurse should receive:
Respect and dignity;
Opportunity to access needed treatment;
Help in preserving license and employment status; and
Ongoing support through the recovery process.

Contact us weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Oklahoma Peer Assistance Program
2901 North Classen Boulevard
Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 525-2277



Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen, Ste. 524
OKC, OK   73106
TEL: 405.962.1800 FAX: 405.962.1821

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