Washington Recovery Assistance Program for Pharmacy (WRAPP)
Providing confidential, professional assistance to the profession of pharmacy!
"WRAPP serves to protect the health and safety of the public while acting as a health resource and support of rehabilitation to the impaired pharmacist."
Confidential Toll-Free Helpline: 1-800-446-7220
Why Call WRAPP?
A pharmacist who is unable to practice pharmacy with judgment, skill, competency and safety to the public, due to chemical dependence on alcohol or other drugs, emotional illness, the aging process or loss of mental or motor skills is an IMPAIRED PHARMACIST. In the past, the only way of dealing with an impaired pharmacist had been through disciplinary measures of the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.
In 1983, the Washington State Pharmacists Association, in cooperation with the Washington State Society of Hospital Pharmacists established WRAPP. This program provides a CONFIDENTIAL, caring and non-coercive resource to assist in the identification, referral to treatment, recovery support and rehabilitation of the impaired pharmacist so that they can return to, or continue to practice pharmacy.
WRAPP gives the pharmacist and the Board an alternative to disciplinary action.
Is There A Charge For Services?
There is no fee for referral, recovery assistance or rehabilitation support services offered by WRAPP. When a referral is made for evaluation and treatment, the cost of treatment services, including drug screening, will be the responsibility of the individual participant. Most of these services are reimbursable through health insurance plans.
How Do I Get Help?
Call WRAPP at (800) 446-7220 and ask to speak to a WRAPP representative. Your call will be promptly returned. All requests for information and assistance are held in strict confidentiality in accordance with state and federal law. The caller will be asked to identify him or herself and give specific reasons for believing that a problem exists. This is done to minimize "crank" calls. The identity of the caller will be held in STRICT CONFIDENCE. A WRAPP representative will make arrangements to examine the information further, arrange intervention assistance or schedule the individual to meet with a licensed professional who will make a confidential evaluation and suggest an appropriate treatment plan. If there is no apparent problem or if insufficient information is available, the case will be closed. If treatment is necessary, WRAPP will monitor the individual's progress according to terms stipulated in a contract between WRAPP and the individual. WRAPP will also provide assistance and monitoring to individuals who are referred through the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.
Who Provides WRAPP Services?
WRAPP utilizes a variety of qualified professionals to assist in initial evaluation and approved treatment facilities to provide inpatient or outpatient treatment. In addition, a cadre of pharmacists has been trained to serve as interveners and to function as a support network for recovering participants in WRAPP.
How Does WRAPP Work?
When a pharmacist, friend, family member, colleague or employee seeks assistance from WRAPP, they will encounter a trained volunteer member of WRAPP. Voluntary calls are held in confidence from the Board at this point.
WRAPP may assist in any or all of the following:
Intervention services to persuade the impaired pharmacist to recognize the problem and seek treatment.
Referral for evaluation services and appropriate treatment facilities, programs, or professionals.
Monitoring the impaired pharmacist's treatment, aftercare, rehabilitation and re-entry into the profession.
Referral to the Pharmacists Support Group meetings in which pharmacists may safely discuss licensure issues, drug diversion, return-to-work and other issues related to recovery.
Who Does WRAPP Help?
CONFIDENTIAL assistance will be provided to all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, assistants and students (interns and externs).
Is The State Board of Pharmacy Involved?
The answer to this question will vary according to individual circumstances. Following are the three scenarios most frequently encountered.
1. An individual who voluntarily seeks assistance from WRAPP is held in strict confidence from the Washington State Board of Pharmacy as long as that individual is in compliance with the monitored treatment program.
2. An individual who involuntarily seeks assistance from WRAPP (after a concerned individual has intervened) may also be held in strict confidence from the State Board of Pharmacy as long as that individual is in compliance with the monitored treatment program. However, if knowledge of the individual's substance abuse was also linked to a drug theft, the individual's identity may be reported to the Board.
3. An individual who may be seeking assistance from WRAPP, but who has also been identified by the State Board of Pharmacy will be asked to cooperate with the Board. Pharmacy Board licensees and certificate holders are subject to the provisions of the Uniform Disciplinary Act (UDA). Under the UDA, the Board has the authority to allow licensees and certificate holders to participate in a voluntary substance abuse monitoring program in lieu of disciplinary action. If a member of the Board determines that the licensee shall be referred to WRAPP, WRAPP will execute a contract with the licensee or certificate holder. If the licensee/certificate holder successfully completes the contract, no disciplinary action is taken and their participation is the program is kept confidential. If the licensee/certificate holder does not consent to being referred to WRAPP or fails to comply with their contract, the Board can take disciplinary action. If the Board Member determines that a licensee shall not be referred to the voluntary substance abuse program, the Board will issue a Statement of Charges, prepared by an Assistant Attorney General (AAG). At this point, WRAPP will no longer serve as an advocate for the individual, although the Board may ask WRAPP to monitor compliance with the Board-ordered rehabilitation program.
WRAPP Monitoring Program Manager:
William Rhodes, MSW, CDP, MHP
Direct Phone Inquiries to:
(800) 446-7220 (WRAPP Hotline)
WRAPP Contact Information:
26910 92nd Ave. NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
360-629-9719 - office
360-629-9721 - fax
WRAPP Is Supported By:
Washington State Pharmacy Association
University of Washington School of Pharmacy
Washington State University College of Pharmacy
Washington State Board of Pharmacy