Physician Impairment / Substance Abuse







To establish an institutional policy regarding Counseling and Support Services to assist program directors and residents on finding resources for dealing with these important issues.


Substance Abuse:

In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the following policy must be adhered to as a condition of employment.

The unlawful use, possession, manufacture, dispensation or distribution of a controlled substance in all SUNY at Stony Brook work locations is prohibited. The term ""controlled substance""means a controlled substance in Schedules I through V of the Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 312).

Employees who unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use a controlled substance will be subject to disciplinary procedures consistent with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and collective bargaining agreements. Penalties sought may include termination.

Any illegal activity involving drugs or alcohol is considered MISCONDUCT and may be reportable to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct.

Employees must notify their program director of any criminal drug statue conviction occurring in the workplace or at a worksite no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

Counseling Services:


An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for employees who wish to seek assistance in dealing with drug or alcohol related problems. Call 632-6085 for additional information. Questions about this policy should be referred to the Human Resources Labor Relations section at 444-2596.

Further information can be found in:

  1. The agreement between the State of New York and United University Professionals (dated 1988-91 and continued under the tentative agreement dated 1995-99 along with provisions of the Taylor Law) Article 39 provides for services for the treatment of alcohol or substance abuse. It provides for a revised program for managed care for psychiatric services and alcohol and substance abuse treatment implemented by the State and the Joint Committee on Health Benefits sometime after 1/1/89.
  2. The State University of New York at Stony Brook Faculty and Professional Employee Handbook offers information about the University Counseling Center as well as the Employees Assistance Program. This support and referral service is set up for employees and families facing health, emotional, alcohol drug abuse, financial strain or legal problems. It is free and strictly confidential. The University has also established an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Panel composed of faculty, professional employees, and students to promote the ongoing education of the University community with regard to alcohol and drugs. For additional information call 632-6085.
  3. University Hospital employs a full-time chaplain whose staff gives support to the human and emotional needs of the faculty, house staff and patients. Call 444-7775.
  4. The Medical Society of the State of New York has recently expanded and revitalized their program called Committee on Physician's Health (CPH). This confidential organization is empowered to assist impaired physicians and is the only program exempted from the legal mandate of reporting impaired physicians to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) in the State of New York. This is available to any resident by calling 1-800-338-1833.
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