PURPOSE
Through partnership between NHADACA and the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and other Drug Use Professionals a process for ethics and peer assistance has been developed. When a clinician’s ability to practice is adversely affected, which may happen in a variety of situations, the Ethics & Peer Assistance Committee is available as a resource. As a profession, we seek to provide a process by which confidential referral, assessment, treatment and monitoring can be accessed in order to facilitate a restoration of practice.

PHILOSOPHY
We, as licensed alcohol and drug counselors of NHADACA, recognize and accept our responsibilities to:

  • Enhance the health and safety of the public
  • Promote the well-being of our colleagues who are reliable and competent
  • Uphold the integrity of our profession

GOALS

  • To educate the membership of NHADACA about the purpose and objectives of the Peer Assistance Committee.
  • To motivate impaired counselors to seek professional assistance.
  • To restore effective performance through early intervention and identification of problems causing impairment.
  • To facilitate rehabilitation of impaired counselors who follow a plan of recovery.
  • To provide follow-up and support in the recovery process.
  • To accept self-referrals and referrals from NHADACA, NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and other Drug Use Professionals, and others.

For more information contact DIanne Pepin at NHADACA Office at 603.225.7060.

NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals:  
Glenda Hanscom
NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-6761
Fax: 603-271-6702
Email: nhladc@nh.gov

Summary of Referral Process

The Peer Assistance Committee (PAC) is not an investigatory entity. Its function is to make an evaluation of the severity of a problem with an eye to selecting proper treatment, counseling venues and specialties and to incorporate Board recommendations into the participant’s contract. Referrals to the NHADACA Peer Assistance Committee may be a self-referral, a referral from NHADACA Board, and/or a referral from NH Licensing Board. When a referral comes from the NH Licensing Board, it will be assumed (unless otherwise informed) that the Licensing Board has done its due diligence through investigation of allegations and is reasonably convinced that action is necessary – and may specify such actions as it deems necessary. In cases where an intervention is necessary, as in the case of a direct referral to the PAC, these procedures will be followed:

  • The person(s) making the referral shall be interviewed to determine validity.
  • Since there is no empowering RSA for the PAC to act for the Licensing Board or NHADACA, it’s role will be to:
  • Provide the intervention, if necessary, and
  • Convince the individual to voluntarily suspend practice and surrender their license to the licensing board, and
  • Request individual to agree to sign a statement of willingness to participate in the PAC Contract.

Details of this process may involve an intervention and formal contract. This process may take up to 5 years.

To download a copy of NAADAC’s Ethics Brochure: NAADAC ETHICS BROCHURE.PDF