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U.S. Department of Justice says Indiana Nursing Board illegally discriminates

Justin Hicks
IPB News
A finding from the U.S. Department of Justice said the Indiana State Nursing Board violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Indiana State Nursing Board violated federal law by discriminating against nurses with substance use disorders.

That’s from a finding by the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

The State Nursing Assistance Program helps rehabilitate and monitor nurses with substance use disorders. The nursing board often requires it for nurses to keep or reinstate their licenses.

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But a DOJ investigation found that the board wouldn’t allow nurses who use medication to help their recovery to participate in the program. The federal agency said forcing nurses to stop using “proven,” prescribed medications for substance use disorder violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

And the DOJ is asking the nursing board to work with it to resolve the issue.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.