It is the intent of the legislature that the DQAC seek ways to identify and support the rehabilitation of dentists where practice or competency may be impaired due to the abuse of drugs including alcohol. The legislature intends that these dentists be treated so that they can return to or continue to practice dentistry in a way which safeguards the public. The legislature specifically intends that the DQAC establish an alternate program to the traditional administrative proceedings against such dentists.
In lieu of disciplinary action under RCW 18.130.160
and if the DQAC determines that the unprofessional conduct may be the result of substance abuse, the DQAC may refer the license holder to a voluntary substance abuse monitoring program approved by the DQAC.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.32.035
. WSR 95-21-041, § 246-817-801, filed 10/10/95, effective 11/10/95.]