According to West Virginia Code §30-7-11a passed during the 2012 Legislative session, to encourage voluntary participation in monitored alcohol, chemical dependency or major mental illness programs and in recognition of the fact that major mental illness, alcoholism and chemical dependency are illnesses, any person who holds a license to practice registered nursing in this state or who is applying for a license to practice registered nursing in this state may enter into a voluntary agreement with a board designated nurse health program. The West Virginia Restore (WVR) program currently contracts the daily management and operations of the nurse health program with the WV Pharmacists Recovery Network, Inc. (WVPRN) which is located in Charleston, West Virginia. The WVPRN is a 501c3 non- profit organization established in 2004 to administer a similar alternative-to-discipline program for the WV Board of Pharmacy. The WVR program for registered professional nurses is the nurse health program with the primary purpose to protect the consumers of West Virginia from unsafe nursing practice. This central mission is accomplished by way of formal and informal education initiatives and case management monitoring services. The WVR program has become a referral and information support network focused on protecting consumers from unsafe nursing practitioners while also assisting nurses with a goal of rehabilitation and retention.
The mission of WVR is to protect the public by providing a monitoring and recovery program for nurses with a substance use disorder or a qualifying mental health condition.