A national movement during the 1980s  developed alternative to discipline programs for professionals with substance use disorders. These programs were created to enhance public protection by promoting earlier identification and intervention before the professional demonstrated unsafe practices. The alternative to discipline program model includes evaluation, referral to treatment, monitoring of the professional’s compliance with treatment and recovery recommendations.

The programs provide services for licensed professionals experiencing any substance abuse problems that could result in impaired practice. PAS contracts with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations to provide the Peer Health Assistance Programs which are statutorily created and funded by license fees.


PAS is available to provide educational presentations. The content, format, and length of the presentation is fully customizable to your workplace or professional association. Frequently requested topics include:  

  • The disease model of addiction

  • Knowing the basics substance use and mental health disorders

  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of substance use in the workplace

  • Let’s be blunt: Implications of marijuana use

  • The opioid epidemic and safe prescribing practices

  • Caring for the caregiver: Compassion fatigue and burnout

  • Self-care and work life balance

To inquire about scheduling a presentation: PHAP-Presentations@PeerAssist.org


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