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Health Care Workers & DUI

In Arizona licensed Health Care workers have a duty to report a misdemeanor DUI arrest within ten days of the date of arrest. This presents some special problems for our clients.  First, it applies not only to doctors and nurses, but in Arizona this law applies as well to dental hygienists, veterinary technicians, athletic trainers, massage therapists, pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists and dozens of others. The chart below shows who this includes.

Health Professionals: “Certified or licensed pursuant to chapter 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 15.1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19.1, 21, 25, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35, 39, 41 or 42 of this & title 36, chapter 17”
  • Acupuncturist
  • Assoc. Counselor
  • Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Assoc. Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Auricular Cert. Holder
  • Baccalaureate Social Worker
  • Behavioral Analysts
  • Chiropractor
  • Chiropractor Assistant
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Denturist
  • Equine Dental Tech
  • Homeopathic Physician
  • Homeopathic Medical Assistant
  • Independent Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Massage Therapists
  • Master Social Worker
  • Medical Physician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Naturopathic Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopathic Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacist Tech Trainee
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Physician Assistants
  • Podiatrist
  • Practical tech- podiatry
  • Practical tech- radiology
  • Professional Counselor
  • Psychologists
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Radiologist assistant
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Speech-language pathology assistants
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician

Second, even if you are not convicted, most Arizona health care licensing boards will start an investigation of you while your DUI is still pending in court.  You are usually asked to send them the police reports, and meet with them.    The Boards have the power to take your license away, although that doesn’t usually happen for first offense misdemeanor DUI, if everything else is good, and you’ve got no other licensing issues.  But they can and will, do other things like have you get a separate evaluation, put you on probation, ensure that you notify your employer.  So it’s very important for those of you who have Arizona Health Care provider licenses to deal with this problem head on.  We get lots of calls on these.