VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSIONER DESIGNATION AS A PHYSICIAN WHO CAN PERFORM EMERGENCY EXAMINATIONS

PROCEDURE

Purpose:  

           The Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) designates physicians who are not specialists in psychiatry to perform Emergency Examinations of individuals screened at general hospital emergency departments. This procedure describes the process by which a physician will receive designation to conduct Emergency Examinations in Vermont.

Authority:

            Vermont Statute 18 V.S.A. § 7110 

Criteria:

           1.      Completion of a Commissioner Designation As A Physician Who Can Perform Emergency Examinations Application.

           2.       Completion of one of the following:

                      a.      Attendance at a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) classroom training; or              

                      b.      Completion of the on-line training module and test questions for physicians for conducting Emergency Exams on the

                                Vermont Department of Mental Health’s website.

           3.       Current copies of the appropriate credentials for practicing medicine in Vermont.

           4.       An Attestation by the hospital’s chief medical officer confirming status of applicant.

 Process:

           1.      Any licensed medical doctor working at or in a Vermont state-licensed hospital/medical center, may apply for designation in order to perform emergency examinations at the facility.  

           2.      The completed application is submitted to the Office of the Commissioner of Mental Health.

           3.      The Commissioner’s office will:

                     a.      Record receipt of the application;

                     b.      Review the Medical Practice Board’s Website for verification that the applicant is in good standing; and

                     c.      forward the application to the DMH Medical Director.

           4.       All applicants must complete either a QMHP classroom training, or if not available, an online training module, and a completed accompanying test of knowledge

           5.       The DMH Medical Director, or their designee will:

                      a.     Review the application and results of the online training module and test of

                              knowledge; and

                      b.     if satisfactory, recommend designation.

           6.       If approved, the Commissioner of Mental Health will issue a written letter of designation.

 

Contact Information

Department of Mental Health
Commissioner Melissa Bailey
280 State Drive, NOB 2 North
Waterbury, VT 05671-2010
Phone:  (802) 241-0090
Fax: (802) 241-0100

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