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fOR neaRlY 30 years, the Medical Board of California operated a Physician Diversion Pro-gram to protect patients while physicians suffer-ing from drug and alcohol misuse were undergo-ing monitored rehabilitation.
In 2008, the Board discontinued the Diver-sion Program and abandoned all efforts at re-
habilitation. It now attempts to protect the public only by punitive actions against the licenses of physicians. This change positioned California as one of only a few states without access to an inte-grated, accessible system of services and resources for im-paired physicians.
This is a serious problem: Many, if not most, hospital Physician Well-being Com-mittees, and nearly all me-dium and small physician groups, do not have access to the expertise and resources required to support physician health while assuring quality care to patients.
There is indirect but per-suasive evidence that a large
number of California physicians who need such services are not receiving them.
In 2009, the California Medical Associa-tion, the California Hospital Association and a number of defense-oriented malpractice firms pooled resources to create California Public Protection and Physician Health Inc. (CPPPH), an independent 501(c)(3) organization with fund-ing sufficient for two to three years. Their goal was to write and pass legislation to establish, within state government but independent of the Medical Board, an entity that would replace the function previously served by the Diversion Program but with responsibility to address