Issue #28 June/July 2020


This CPPPH newsletter aims to keep readers abreast of current developements and relevant information about physician health and wellbeing in California.

All past issues of CPPPH newsletter are available from the CPPPH website:


Wellness activities address quality of life and professional satisfaction for all physicians. Wellbeing activities focus on an individual physician and provide resources for identifying, evaluating, referring, treating, and monitoring for physicians when addiction, mental health, behavioral issues, and the effects of aging are a concern.

Confidential Assistance Over the Phone

The Physicans’ and Dentists’ Confidential Assistance Line is a 24-hour phone service providing completely confidential doctor-to-doctor assistance for physicians experiencing substance use or mental health issues. Call:

  • (650) 756-7787
    (northern California)
  • (213) 383-2691
    (southern California)


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How One PHP Works

From the Colorado Physician Health Program eNews:

The Third Quarter of 2019-20 concluded March 31, 2020. CPHP assisted a total of 535 clients during that period, 58 of whom were new referrals.

Self-referrals made up 41% of the new referrals and 59% were made voluntarily. The primary reason new referrals sought services this quarter was for psychiatric conditions (27%) followed by a behavioral concern (24%), substance issues (15%) and work stress/burnout (10%).

CPHP conducted 61 comprehensive assessments during this time period and spent over 350 hours directly with our clients.

One hundred percent of those who completed our program in the Third Quarter did so successfully! To find more information, visit our website.

There are 24,680 active licensed physicians in Colorado. Using these figures, we see that the Colorado PHP is engaging about 2% of the physicians in the state. There are over 100,000 active licensed physicians in California; if 2% of them used the services of a statewide PHP, we’d see two thousand physicians involved.

In California, with the passage of SB1177 in 2016, the Medical Board of California was authorized to create a Physician Health and Wellness Program and required to develop regulations to govern how it would function. Those regulations are still in development by the MBC.

Video Conference for Wellbeing Committees

The second CPPPH video conference designed for the wellbeing committees that address alcohol/drug use and addiction, mental health issues, cognitive functioning, aging and behavioral issues will be on Thursday, July 16 @ Noon (12:00pm). The program is offered together with California Society of Addiction Medicine.

The topic will be Drug Testing: What Do You Test For, When, Why and How

To register for July 16, click the RSVP link below. It will take you to a CSAM form where you can register. All registrants will receive the Zoom link for the CPPPH/CSAM meeting:

This link has been removed since it is no longer active.  

Available from CPPPH

You can read all the past issues of CPPPH eNews HERE.
Five CPPPH guideline documents are available HERE.



Issue #28, June/July 2020

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