Classes Of Membership

All FSPHP members must comply with the FSPHP code of ethics and applicable FSPHP conflict of interest policies.


State Membership
State programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff.  A state physician health program shall have a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action and have the support of organized medicine in its state in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership:

  1. Come under the direct auspices of the State Medical Society/Association; or
  2. Be recognized/approved by the State Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or
  3. Be directed by a policy-making board which is composed of a majority representation from the State Medical Society/Association; or
  4. Be administered by a state licensing or disciplinary agency that has a written agreement with the State Medical Society/Association which accepts this program.

Only State Members shall have the right to vote at meetings. States with one member program shall have one vote per state. In states with more than one member program, each member program shall cast one vote. If the votes from each member program within a given state match, that vote will collectively carry as one single vote for the state. If the votes from each member program within a given state do not match, no vote will carry from that state.

How do I know if my State Physician Health Program is eligible to be a State Member?
If you are employed by or affiliated with, a board or committee member of, or volunteer for a physician health program, that has a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to discipline and has support of organized medicine in the state as described above in 1-4 then your State Physician Health Program may be eligible for State Membership.


Associate Membership
Open to compensated staff and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of state physician health programs as defined above.   

How do I know if I am eligible to be an Associate Member?
If you are employed by or affiliated with, a board or committee member of, or volunteer for an active  FSPHP state physician health program member, then you may be eligible for Associate Membership.


International Membership
International programs subsequently described with compensated staff, and/or compensated Medical Director, and/or voluntary committee chairperson/staff.  An international physician health program shall have a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action and shall have the support of organized medicine in its state, province or jurisdiction in one of the following ways in order to qualify for membership:

  1. Come under the direct auspices of the applicable Medical Society/Association; or
  2. Be recognized/approved by the applicable Medical Society/Association (as a program of the Society/Association) in cases where the program is not under the direct auspices of the Society/Association; or
  3. Be directed by a policy-making board which is composed of at least 60% representation from the applicable Medical Society/Association; or
  4. Be administered by a recognized governing board that has a written agreement with the applicable Medical Society/Association which accepts this program.

How do I know if I am eligible to be an International Member?
If you are employed by or affiliated with, a board or committee member of, or volunteer for an international/non-US based a physician health program, with a confidential diversionary role allowing for a therapeutic alternative to disciplinary action and with the support of organized medicine in its state, province or jurisdiction in one of the ways described in 1-4 above your program may qualify for this membership.

*International organizations with multiple members will pay dues for the first two memberships at ½ the state voting member price, and any additional memberships will then be priced the same as associate members. *$750 for first 2 members/$200 for additional members per organization.


Organizational Membership 
Open to organizations who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, monitoring and advocacy of physicians and/or other professionals with potentially impairing illness in a hospital, office or other clinical/non-clinical setting.  This category is open to only one (1) individual per organization, including a compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee member.  In order to qualify for membership, an applicant for organizational membership shall:

  1. Attest in writing that it is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that it supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
  2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the Membership Committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

How do I know if I am eligible to be an Organizational Member?
If you are employed by or affiliated with an organization that is engaged in education, intervention, research peer assistance or monitoring and advocacy of physicians and/or other professionals with potentially impairing illness, then you may be a qualifying Organization Member.


Individual Membership
Open to individuals who are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, monitoring and/or advocacy of physicians or other professionals with potentially impairing conditions.

This category is also open to compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of an FSPHP Organizational Member in good standing.  In order to qualify for membership, applicants shall:

  1. Attest in writing that he or she is not in conflict or competition with a state or international physician health program and that he or she supports the mission and goals of the FSPHP. 
  2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program or Organizational Member in good standing (for compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight boards or committee members of that Organizational Member) shall be approved by a majority of the Membership Committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

How do I know if I am eligible to be an Individual Member?
If you are engaged in the education, intervention, research, peer assistance, monitoring and/or advocacy of physicians or other professionals with potentially impairing conditions or if you are a compensated and/or non-compensated staff and oversight board or committee members of an FSPHP Organizational Member in good standing then you may be an eligible Individual Member.


Industry Partner Individual Membership
Open to any individual whose primary activity or work involves products or services that are of interest to physician health programs or other professional health monitoring programs including any business that directly services such programs or their participants. This category of membership is open to representatives, compensated or non-compensated staff, oversight board or members of state licensing or disciplinary agencies.

In order to qualify for membership, an applicant for Industry Partner Individual Membership shall:

  1. Attest in writing that their qualifying activity or work is not in conflict with a state or international physician health program.
  2. Be sponsored for membership by a recognized state or international physician health program and shall be approved by a majority of the Membership Committee and two-thirds of the Board of Directors.

How do I know if I am eligible to be an Industry Partner Individual Member?
If your primary activity or work involves products or services, that are of interest to physician health programs or other professional health monitoring programs, such as a treatment center, lab, third-party administrator, licensing board, a professional coach or then you are a candidate for Industry Partner Individual Membership.


Honorary Membership
Open to outstanding persons at the nomination by a State Member, and the election by two-thirds of the State Members present at the annual meeting.