Concerned Colorado Dentists


What It Is...

Concerned Colorado Dentists (CCD) is a safe, confidential source of information and peer support by dentists for dentists who are concerned about problems with alcohol or drugs in themselves or in colleagues. CCD is a committee of the Council on Membership and Membership Services of the Colorado Dental Association. CCD complements the Dentist Peer Assistance Program (DPAP) by providing additional services and support which only peer recovering dentists can provide:

What It Is Not...

CCD members are generally not professionals in the area of chemical dependency treatment. Therefore CCD does not provide professional services such as assessment, evaluation, or diagnosis of chemical dependency or any other disorders. For example, the colleague interventions described later are intended to encourage a dentist to obtain an assessment from Peer Assistance Services Inc (PAS), the current administrator of the Dentist Peer Assistance Program (DPAP), rather than to render a diagnosis or to determine treatment. CCD does not provide counseling, treatment, or monitoring of impairments. Those are functions of PAS, whose staff is trained and skilled in providing such services. Services provided by CCD are meant to be adjuncts to those provided by the DPAP administrator, not as alternatives to it.

Why Should I Care?...

Paragraph III.2.D, on page 6 of the ADA 'Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct', states:

In Colorado, the professional assistance committee of our dental society is Concerned Colorado Dentists. "Reporting" a dentist to CCD is the first step in what we make every effort to be a kind and caring process out of a seemingly hopeless trap, described on the Interventions page.

Relation to Dentist Peer Assistance Program (DPAP)...

CCD activities are meant to be consistent with and supportive of the definition of DPAP, as specified in section 12-35-123.5 of the Dental Practice Law of Colorado. One of CCD's primary roles is to encourage dentists about whom caring others have expressed verifiable concerns of impairment to voluntarily seek assessment from PAS, the current administrator of DPAP. We encourage dentists to take such action before they harm patients or themselves, or incur the consequences of civil, criminal, or Colorado Board of Dental Examiners (CBDE) action.


CCD is a subcouncil of the Council on Membership and Membership Services of the Colorado Dental Association (CDA), whereas PAS is the dental board contractor for DPAP:

Colorado Dental Association
Colorado Board of Dental Examiners

Membership & Membership Services Committee Dentist Peer Assistance Program

Concerned Colorado Dentists
Peer Assistance Services, Inc

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