Local psychiatrist faces censure

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PORTLAND — A local psychiatrist has been put on probation due to alleged unprofessional conduct.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine entered into a consent agreement with Dr. Reinaldo de los Heros, who last practiced in Portland on Feb. 29. He will be on probation for at least sixth months. According to the consent agreement, following probation, within 30 days de los Heros must engage an approved physician to monitor his practice.

According to a press release, the board received a complaint about de los Heros last May after the complaintant’s daughter died in April 2015. The daughter had been a patient of de los Heros. Police found 19 bottles of prescription medication at the scene, all of which had been prescribed by de los Heros.

An outside review, performed on de los Heros’ behalf, concluded that the medications prescribed did not exceed the normal daily maximum, and the drugs’ efficacy had been proven.

The board found de los Heros’ records to be illegible and did not show evidence there were conversations with the patient about responses to questionnaires; that there was coordination of care with other providers; and that the patient was told about coverage while de los Heros was on vacation.