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 physical, emotional, psychological and substance abuse problems, which 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.