How Do I Get Involved

The Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network is in need of more volunteers throughout the state of Iowa. Even if you are not interested in becoming involved as a volunteer in this process, all pharmacy professionals can assist this effort by being aware of the signs and symptoms of chemical dependency and contacting the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network when you are suspicious of an issue that could be handled by IPRN. This effort can only be successful if we are all involved and concerned about our colleagues.

Please contact Jennifer Moulton, staff to the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network toll-free at 1-877-890-IPRN, or Bruce Alexander, IPRN Chair, 319-338-0581 ext. 6118, if you are interested in serving as a volunteer. The profession needs you to make a difference!

Volunteer Categories: IPRN Committee Member, Regional Coordinator, Monitor, Advocate

IPRN Committee Member

IPRN committee meetings are held quarterly. The committee oversees and coordinates the functions of the IPRN program throughout the state of Iowa. Administrative issues are overseen by the committee. In addition, regional coordinators provide case reports in order for the committee to understand the activities IPRN and to serve as a learning tool for future case management. Discussions on case reports and other possible portions of the meetings will be closed at the discretion of the committee.

The committee shall consist of, but not be limited to:

  • One staff member of the Iowa Pharmacy Association;
  • One currently licensed Iowa pharmacist who has been in successful recovery for a period of no less than two years since completing a program for drug or alcohol dependency, addiction or abuse;
  • Five regional coordinators with expertise in substance abuse/addiction treatment programs;
  • One currently registered pharmacy technician with education in substance abuse/addiction treatment programs or who has been in successful recovery for a period of no less than two years since completing a program for drug or alcohol dependency, addiction or abuse;
  • One currently licensed pharmacy student (intern) with education in substance abuse/addiction treatment programs or who has been in successful recovery for a period of no less than two years since completing a program for drug or alcohol dependency, addiction or abuse;
  • The executive secretary/director of the board or the director’s designee (this person’s membership on the committee requires confidentiality from the entire board, except in cases designated by the board (Details can be found in Iowa Code 155A.39 and 657 Iowa Administrative Code (I.A.C.) chapter 30);
  • One representative from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences;
  • One representative from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy;
  • One public member; and
  • One public member with expertise in substance abuse/addiction treatment programs.

 

Regional Coordinator

  • A pharmacy professional located in one of Iowa’s five geographic regions
  • Appointed by the chair of the IPRN committee and has expertise in substance abuse and addiction treatment programs
  • Serve to receive notice regarding an impaired professional and carry through with the stated procedure for IPRN
  • May serve the impaired professional’s monitor, or delegate that responsibility to another monitor in their region
  • There are 5 regional coordinators throughout the state who serve to receive notice regarding an impaired professional and carry through with the IPRN procedure.

 

Monitor

  • A recovering pharmacy professional or other interested and properly trained pharmacy professional
  • Serves to monitor an impaired professional for compliance with their IPRN contract

Responsibilities include:

  • carry out the IPRN procedure to have the impaired professional sign a contract with IPRN
  • develop a treatment plan in conjunction with the professional’s treatment center
  • monitor the impaired professional’s progress throughout their contract
  • submit appropriate reports to the IPRN committee
  • work with the regional coordinator to coordinate a support group in their region (Currently the regional coordinators and monitors are the same people. As the need for more volunteers is realized, these roles will be separated.)

 

Advocate

Serve to provide peer support and assistance to impaired professionals as they enter treatment and recovery

Responsibilities may include:

  • being involved in IPRN activities
  • accompanying the recovering professional or technician to board hearings
  • writing letters on behalf of recovering professionals
  • helping recovering professionals re-enter into the profession by helping with job searches or serving as a reference


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