The statewide Veterinarian Peer Health Assistance Program provides comprehensive services to Colorado licensed veterinarians who may be experiencing physical, emotional, psychological, or substance use problems. The program objectives are public protection and rehabilitation of veterinarians.
- Comprehensive evaluation, case management and monitoring for veterinarians experiencing physical, emotional, psychological and substance abuse 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 veterinary supervisors and family members of veterinarians with practice affecting issues
Signs & Symptoms of Impaired Practice
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 Board of Veterinary Medicine. 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 abuse problem, especially if this issue may affect an individual’s practice, work or wellbeing.
How to make a referral for a licensed veterinarian
• Ask to speak with veterinary program staff or one of our compliance specialists. 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.
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.)
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Program is funded by license fees and provided under a contract with the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine