Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Criminal Reporting
A.R.S. 32-3208 requires thatosteopathic examiner licensees and applicants for anosteopathic examiner license must report misdemeanor criminal charges involving conduct that may affect patient safety or a felony to the Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners within 10 working days after the charge is filed. A working day would be considered Monday through Friday.
Failure to report a reportable criminal charge within 10 business days is a violation of the Arizona Practice Act and could result inArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Probation.
What Current and Past Crimes Must Be Reported?
A felony must be reported within 10 days of being charged. The following types of misdemeanor or other criminal histories are crimes that have been determined by the Board to be reportable pursuant to A.RS § 32-3208:
- Assault and Related Offenses
- Theft and Related Offenses
- Fraud, Deceit and Related Offenses
- Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation of a Child or Vulnerable Adult and Related Offenses
- Sexual and Related Offenses
- Drug and/or Alcohol Related Offenses
- Arson and Related Offenses
- Animal Abuse, Cruelty and Related Offenses
Failure to report a reportable criminal charge within 10 business days is a violation of the Arizona Practice Act and could result in disciplinary action which could result in Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Probation.
DUI Criminal History
Osteopathic examiners who contact our office frequently ask our attorney’s if state law allows anosteopathic examiners professional with a DUI crime or conviction to get a license with the Arizona StateOsteopathic Examiner Board? The short answer is yes. An ArizonaOsteopathic Examiner DUI will not necessarily preventanosteopathic examiner from obtaining a license or a career in the health field. However, the Board (which handles all complaints) has a public policy (updated as of September 2020) on their website which covers the details of what circumstances osteopathic examiner professionals with a case that resulted in a felony DUI criminal conviction can get a license.
Disclosing a Criminal Record for an Applicant
If an osteopathic examiner license applicant is not required to disclose a legal misdemeanor DUI, the AZ Board can still initiate an investigation based upon the results of a health care fingerprint background check. The Board will then contact the professional and initiate an investigation in their practice utilizing the law of the Arizona Practice Act (current as of October 2020). This license investigation determines whether the osteopathic examiner is a danger to the public, has any medical or mental health problems and whether the osteopathic examiner has rehabilitated in the time since the criminal misdemeanor DUI or DUI charges occurred. Simply, the Board wants to know whether the applicant can provide safe nursing care with a past criminal case involving alcohol or substance abuse.
Criminal Record and Convictions
One question our attorneys are frequently asked is whether state law allows an osteopathic examiner professional with a felony criminal background to get a license with theArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners? The short answer is, yes. An Arizona Felony forosteopathic examiners will not necessarily prevent anosteopathic examiner from obtaining a license or a career in the medical field. However, the Board has a public policy on their website which covers the details of under what circumstancesanosteopathic examiner with a case that resulted in a criminal sentence can get a license.
Criminal Charges forOsteopathic Examiners with the Arizona Board
When a professional applies to theArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners, they must disclose a felony criminal court sentence (and other similar offenses) on their application. An osteopathic examiner must self report a felony no matter how much time or how many years have passed since the conviction. After self-reporting occurs, the Board contacts theosteopathic examiner and initiates an investigation utilizing the law of the AZ Practice Act. The investigation helps to determine whether the medical professional is a danger to the public, has any medical or mental health problems and whether theosteopathic examiner has rehabilitated in the time since the criminal incident occurred. Simply put, the Board wants to know whether theosteopathic examiner applicant can provide safe medical care.
Osteopathic Examiner Board Probation
When anosteopathic examiner faces Arizona Board ofOsteopathic Examiners Probation the probation is offered through a Consent Agreement. The Consent Agreement requires theosteopathic examiner do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Or alternatively, refrain from doing things (using alcohol, prescribing schedule drugs, seeing certain patients, etc.). TheArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners can placeosteopathic examiners on probation through:
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement
- Interim Practice Restriction
- Decree of Censure with Probation
- Letter of Reprimand with Probation
- Practice Limitation
Osteopathic examiners who hold a license in Arizona can face disciplinary actions by theArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners for many different reasons. If theOsteopathic Examiner Board determines formal licensing action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona Practice Act and Arizona law. Thus, at anArizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners Meeting, the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation, thus, a defense attorney may be needed. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer theosteopathic examiners formal discipline.
Arizona Board Attorney
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Board ofOsteopathic Examiners Attorney services and how to protect your license, set up a consultation with Chelle Law today.