Maryland Healthcare Professionals Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program is to promote the highest standards of patient safety and care by providing compassionate high-quality assistance, monitoring, structure, and support to healthcare professionals who are dealing with potentially impairing conditions and who may have been mandated to MHPP by their licensing board.


Our Purpose

The Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program was established to assist all healthcare professionals with health and wellbeing and help them to continue or return to practice. The MHPP provides for the inclusion of voluntary referrals of allied health professionals to include veterinarians, podiatrists, and chiropractors. The Program continues to explore further expansion to offer services to other licensed professionals’ groups.

Accessing the Program

Who May Use the Program?

Allied health professionals and other practitioners licensed by their respective licensing boards whose profession does not benefit from the existing assistance program can voluntarily contact the program by calling 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010. Concerned colleagues or family members may also contact the program at the number above; the confidentiality of the referring individual will be honored upon request. Other referral sources include co-workers, hospital administrators, credentialing committees, therapists, and other treatment providers. The services of the Maryland HealthCare Professionals Program are available to practitioners licensed by their respective licensing boards, regardless of their affiliation with the Maryland State Medical Society.

Types of Concerns
The types of concerns encountered by MHPP include:
  • Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Chemical dependency
  • Mental or emotional health
  • Physical and cognitive impairment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Legal issues
  • Sexual misconduct/boundary
  • Stress
  • Burnout


The MHPP is financed through referral source and participant fees and donations. There is a $650 administrative fee for opening a case. Participants may be requested to undergo independent evaluations and/or treatment. In such cases, the participant may choose to access personal insurance plans, or pay out of pocket for any recommended evaluations, therapies, or treatments. There is a monthly fee of $200 for case management services which commences upon a participant’s signing an advocacy contract.

The Dan H. McDougal, MD Fund provides grants-in-aid to MHPP participants who are unable to afford the costs associated with MPHP services. Once enrolled, participants can request a Financial Assistance application to determine eligibility. If you would like to contribute to this fund DONATE here.


MHPP meets HIPAA compliance standards. Federal and state laws ensure the confidentiality of practitioners referred to MHPP and participant records are non-discoverable and confidential to the extent covered by law. Exceptions to confidentiality include evidence of imminent harm to self or others through good-faith assessment by program staff, medical emergencies, court-ordered disclosures, and the State of Maryland mandated reporting requirements regarding child abuse and neglect.

For a confidential consultation for you or a colleague who may benefit from our help, please call 800-992-7010 or 410-962-5580 or email

Program Staff

Arthur Hildreth, M.D.
Medical Director, Physician Health Program

Margaret A. Kroen, LCSW-C
Program Director
410.962.5580, ext. 5411

Michael C. Llufrio
Director of Operations
410.962.5580, ext. 5412

Domenica Stone
Program Assistant
410.962.5580, ext. 5413

Astrid Richardson-Ashley, LCSW-C
Senior Clinical Manager
410.962.5580, ext. 5417

Amber Thrasher, LCSW-C
Clinical Manager
410.962.5580, ext. 4405

Holly Wade, MA, LCPC
Clinical Manager
410.962.5580, ext. 5415

2023 marks the 45th Anniversary of our professional health programs. Visit our Celebrate and Support page for more information about our vision for the future and to support our work with a tax-free donation.