The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Intervention Program

The California Board of Registered Nursing administers their Intervention Program as an option for those nurses who may be suffering from a mental illness or impairment that led to the behavior in the complaint. The California BRN Intervention Program allows a registered nurse to undergo treatment in lieu of going through an administrative hearing and a formal ruling of the BRN. A nurse will not be eligible for the Intervention Program if he or she:

  • Has been previously disciplined by the BRN based on mental illness or drug or alcohol abuse;
  • Was responsible for harm to or death of a patient;
  • Sold drugs, specifically including controlled substances; or
  • Was discharged from another alternative treatment program because of failure to satisfy the terms of the treatment.

The Intervention Program offers a valuable path to avoid a negative BRN determination, but the decision to pursue this option should not be made without consulting an experienced attorney with knowledge about how the BRN disciplinary process works.

Contact the lawyers for nurses from the law offices of Lucy S. McAllister J.D. at (408) 947-5946 to discuss the option of enrolling in the California BRN Intervention Program, go over correspondence you may have received, or questions you may have about defending your professional nursing license.