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In loving memory of Dr. James Graham

All of us at RPP were saddened to hear about the passing of our immediate past Medical Director, Dr. James F. Graham, who passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021. Tia Cooper, Program Director, SC Recovering Professional Program said, “Dr. Graham was such a sweet, gentle, caring soul. He worked with us for about ten years and left a legacy of hope and healing for those entering recovery.” We send love and sympathy to Dr. Graham’s friends and family and treasure our time together.

Women in Healthcare: The Pursuit of Wellness – Sign up for this Virtual Event

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering Women in Healthcare: The Pursuit of Wellness, a three-day virtual program that targets the needs of African American Females, December 8-10, 2021. Registration is now open at This activity has been approved for 23.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

PRC® WBA Summer Offerings

New Well-being Focused Assessments:

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all become increasingly aware of how the pandemic has stressed the healthcare system and healthcare workers. Data continue to emerge raising concerns about the mental health of our providers. While many systems have tried to support their healthcare workforce through providing self-help resources, colleague and peer support, resiliency, and wellbeing opportunities, sometimes such services are not sufficient.  In response to these developing needs, PRC® is offering new short, focused assessments for healthcare professionals who may be struggling with psychological and psychiatric issues secondary to or exacerbated by the pandemic. The assessments will include psychological testing, clinical interviews, and psychiatric assessment. Assessment results will be used to help create a structured plan that may include a short focused treatment effort addressing acute issues while we concurrently work to help establish outpatient providers in the community.   

For more information please call 785-842-9772 and ask for Nathaniel or Mette.

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October Distressed Physician Course Confirmed Online

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are confirming our next 2021 Distressed Physician Course as virtual live. If you have any physicians who would like to take part in this course October 1 – 3, 2021. The course is starting to fill but we still have spots available.

To register please call 785-842-9772 and ask for Mette, or email Mette at or visit

Tribute to Dr. Hugh V. Coleman


SC Recovering Professional Program would like to pay tribute to and honor the legacy of Dr. Hugh V. Coleman. Dr. Coleman served as the first medical director of SCRPP from January 1, 2000-June 30, 2007, when he retired a second time.  We are extremely grateful for his foresight and implementation of a monitoring program for licensed healthcare professionals, his passion for their recovery, his assistance to all, but specifically healthcare professionals, and lastly, his sense of humor. Thank you, Dr. Coleman, you will be forever missed.  

Dr. Hugh V Coleman, 93, passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021. Dr. Coleman was born in Columbia, SC, the son of the late H Victor Coleman and Mary Knight Coleman. He got his B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Coleman practiced General Surgery in Marion, SC from 1960 to 1998. After retirement he was instrumental in forming the Recovering Professional Program, a program the helps Health Care Professionals with substance abuse problems. In March 2002, Dr. Coleman received South Carolina’s highest award, The Order of the Palmetto, presented by Gov. Hodges at the governor’s Mansion for being a catalyst in the creation of the Recovering Professional Program.

Dr. Coleman had many other accomplishments that are too numerous to mention. He was a high achiever and excelled at everything did.

Expanded Scope of RPP Services

The South Carolina Recovering Professional Program (SCRPP) is proud to announce an expanded scope of services, additional options for peer support meetings, and a new full-time medical director/MRO.  

RPP Now Welcomes Referrals for Mental Health and/or Behavioral Concerns

Although RPP has historically accepted referrals and provided monitoring for participants diagnosed with a substance use disorder or co-occurring condition, RPP now welcomes referrals for intake and/or initial assessment of healthcare professionals for whom there is a concern of mental health or behavioral condition or disorder to include depression, anxiety, job-related burnout, professional sexual misconduct, or any other condition which can interfere with, or impede, the ability to safely and effectively treat patients. 

Recovery Meeting Participation

SCRPP Participants may now attend expanded recovery meetings that will count towards a participant’s weekly individualized meeting requirements. These include Celebrate Recovery, Smart Recovery and Refuge Recovery. SCRPP is also looking at the potential inclusion of additional meetings that may also count towards weekly requirements. For information on meeting participation, please contact your Recovery Specialist at RPP. 

RPP Welcomes Medical Director and Certified MRO, Dr. Rebecca Payne

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Rebecca Payne joined SCRPP as our full-time medical director.  Dr. Payne received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia in 2005. She completed psychiatry residency training and an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.  She is a certified medical review officer and has experience with completing forensic evaluations for LLR. Dr. Payne is now available to consult with participants.

For more information or to refer a colleague or employee who may benefit from our program, give us a call today.