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Introducing the Newly Established Bureau of Professional Licensing

By Robert A. Welch, Jr.

In July 2015, the Bureau of Health Care Services was split in to two separate entities. The Bureau of Community and Health Systems and the Bureau of Professional Licensing. The Bureau of Professional Licensing includes:

1. The Legal Affairs Division;
2. The Licensing Division;
3. Regulatory and Compliance Division; and
4. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program

The Bureau of Professional Licensing is responsible for licensing and regulating over 700,000 individuals. These individuals are regulated by either the Michigan Occupational Code or the Public Health Code. The Bureau of Professional Licensing is also responsible for maintaining the Nurse Aide Registry Program, Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP), and the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

The Legal Affairs Division of the Bureau of Professional Licensing is responsible for all legal and legislative policy matters affecting the agency. It also handles: freedom of information requests, administrative rules, pain and symptom management, and the health professional recovery program.

The Licensing Division of the Bureau of Professional Licensing regulates 40 occupational and health professions in Michigan, under the Michigan Occupational Code and Public Health Code. This division is responsible for providing customer service, pre-licensure support, and application processing. The Licensing Division also reviews applications; processes renewals; issues licenses, registrations, and/or certificates; and maintains licensing records for over 700,000 professionals.

The Regulatory and Compliance Division is responsible for disciplining individual professionals, who are regulated by the Michigan Occupational Code and Public Health Code. This division includes: the Investigations Section, the Regulatory Section and the Compliance Section.

1. The Investigation Section investigates professionals who are alleged to have violated the applicable Code.
2. The Regulatory team determines if violations occurred and drafts legal documents for the appropriate professional board to consider for disciplinary action.
3. Disciplinary action against health professionals is entered into a national database and the Compliance Section monitors f disciplinary action against regulated professionals.

Professionals regulated by the Bureau of Professional Licensing who do not comply with imposed discipline, are processed for further violations of the applicable Codes.

Prior to July 2015, the services provided by the Bureau of Professional Licensing were provided by the Bureau of Health Care Services. The Bureau of Health Care Services has been eliminated.
If you have received notification from the Bureau of Professional Licensing Regulatory and Compliance Division’s Investigation Section that states you are being investigated for a violation of the Public Health Code, you need to quickly retain an experienced Professional Licensing attorney. The attorneys at Chapman Law Group have years of experience in Professional Licensing. Know that if you are the subject of the investigation, then the state has already gathered enough information to proceed to an Administrative Complaint. If you have received an Administrative Complaint from the Bureau of Professional Licensing, you have a very limited amount of time to respond to the Complaint, before you will be considered in default. If you are in default, the representative disciplinary subcommittee for your health profession will levy sanctions against your license, without considering the truth of the allegations in the Complaint.

Our team of Professional Licensing defense attorneys at Chapman Law Group will assist you in with investigations and Administrative Complaints. Chapman Law Group aggressively advocate on your behalf.