For Dentists

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The statewide Dental Peer Health Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to Colorado licensed dentists who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. The program objectives are public protection and rehabilitation of dentists.

We Provide:
  • Support for dental office staff and family members of dentists with practice affecting issues
  • Comprehensive evaluation, case management and monitoring for Dentists experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and substance use problems, which could result in impaired practice.
  • Education and information on prevention of physical, emotional, psychological, and substance use problems
  • Community resources
  • 24 hour information line
  • Support for dental office staff and family members of dentists with practice affecting issues

Signs & Symptoms of Impaired Practice

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of impaired practice.

Recognizing Signs and Symptoms

Warning Signs in the Workplace 

Self-Screening

Find out whether your alcohol and other drug use is likely to be within safe limits, or if it may be harmful to your health–now or in the future. LinkingCare.org provides confidential online self-tests to assess substance use patterns.

Make a Referral

Who can refer?

PAS accepts self-referrals and calls from persons who may be concerned about themselves or others. The referral may come from a friend, family member, colleague, supervisor, self, or the Colorado Dental Board. Calls are confidential and you do not need to give your name or the name of the individual you are concerned about.

When to refer?

The sooner the better. Call PAS if you have any questions about any physical, emotional, psychological or substance use problem, especially if this issue may affect an individual’s practice, work or wellbeing.

How to make a referral for a licensed dentist

• Call Denver: 303.369.0039 or Toll-free: 866.369.0039

• Call Grand Junction: 970-986-4360

• Ask to speak with our intake coordinator or a program manager. You will be asked for information about your relationship to the individual and the nature of your concern. Our staff will talk with you confidentially and guide you through making the referral.

• Give the individual our contact information and emphasize that the services are confidential.

Confidentiality

NOTICE OF FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS REGARDING CONFIDENTIALITY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE RECORDS

The confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse records maintained by Peer Assistance Services, Inc., is protected by Federal laws and regulations. Generally, we may not say to a person outside the program that a client involved with Peer Assistance Services, Inc., attends the program or disclose any information identifying a client as an alcohol or drug abuser—unless:
1. You consent to the disclosure of information in writing;
2. The disclosure is ordered by a court; or as otherwise mandated by State and/or Federal law;
3. The disclosure is made to medical personnel in a medical emergency or to qualified
personnel for research, audit, or program evaluation.

Violation of the Federal laws and regulations by any program is a crime. Suspected violations may be reported to appropriate authorities in accordance with federal regulations.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about a crime committed by a client either at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or against any person who works for Peer Assistance Services, Inc., or about any threat to commit a crime.

Federal laws and regulations do not protect any information about suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or neglect from being reported under State law to appropriate State or local authorities. (See 42USC 290dd-3 and 42USC 290ee-3 for Federal laws and 42 CFR Part 2 for Federal regulations and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) 45 C.F.R. Pts. 160 & 164 and any applicable State of Colorado regulations.)

Staff

Contact Program Staff here

Resources

Crisis Resources:  Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Crisis, Domestic Violence Resources, Housing Assistance, & Food Assistance

Concerned Colorado Dentists

Colorado Dental Board

Colorado Dental Association

LinkingCare.org is a referral resource providing easy statewide access to information and services for substance use prevention, treatment and recovery in Colorado.

Colorado Alcoholics Anonymous

Colorado Narcotics Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous of Colorado

Colorado Al-Anon

Disclaimer:We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed on these sites nor do we accept responsibility for the accuracy of the information presented.

Scholarship

The  Joe Barry Kushner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Joe Barry Kushner, son of Dr. Rick and Mrs. Cindy Kushner. Like his father, Joe was interested in dentistry, with a special interest in dental lab work.  PAS is pleased to offer this scholarship to raise awareness of the prevention and intervention of substance use disorders. This $1,000 scholarship is available annually to a dentist or student of dentistry with an interest in the prevention, recognition and treatment of alcoholism and other substance abuse. Applications are due May 1 

 

Program is funded by license fees and provided under a contract with the Colorado Dental Board