According to Health Occupations Article §11-405 Optometrist rehabilitation committees, the Board is charged with evaluating and providing assistance to any optometrist in need of treatment and rehabilitation for alcoholism, drug abuse, chemical dependency, or other physical, emotional, or mental condition.
In an effort to meet these requirements, the Board has formed a Rehabilitation Committee. The function of the committee is to provide information on the Board’s website where licensees can access information and resources for treatment and rehabilitation services should the need arise. The committee’s goal is to empower licensees to seek appropriate services without the Board’s intervention or involvement.
Should a licensee require service, that information would remain confidential and therefore would not be shared with the committee or the Board. Listed below are links to information, resources and programs that the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene operates, manages and connects to throughout the state.