2018 Awareness Event

 Held on June 6, 2018
Keynote by John F. Kelly, PhD

Event Photo link

Thank you to our generous 2018 Sponsors

Partner Sponsors
Lee Ann Aden & Mark Tokheim
Centennial Peaks Hospital
Crossroads' Turning Points, Inc.
MINES & Associates
Elizabeth M. Pace

Patron Sponsors
Anonymous Patron Sponsor
Dr. Ed & Colleen Casper
Colorado Dental Association
Colorado Nurses Foundation
Colorado Pharmacists Society
Employee Assistance Professionals Association Colorado Chapter
Highlands Behavioral Health
Sara & Howard Jarrett
Jane & Annie Klein
Signal Behavioral Health Network
Jill Taylor & Robert Cartmel
USW 920 Local—Colorado Professional Employees Staff Chain Pharmacists

Advocate Sponsors
Affinity eHealth
Arthur Schut Consulting LLC
Dr. Jeffrey & Deborah Astroth
Aurora Mental Health Center
Dan & Rachel Burrows
Cherry Creek Benefits
Colorado Nurses Association
Colorado Pharmacists Society
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
Egan Printing
Vel Garner
Harmony Foundation
Health Management Associates
Lynn & Cynthia Koenck
MidWestOne Bank
National Jewish Health
Premiere Copier
Dr. Shelly Sandel & Dr. Bill Henry
David C. Stuhr
Triad EAP

Prior Year Annual Event Information

Annual Awareness Event – 2017

Our 2017 Awareness Event took place on June 27th.  The event featured the launch of One Degree: Shift the Influence, a statewide public awareness campaign focused on alcohol and marijuana use.  Demonstrations of online, interactive simulations were provided by Kognito.  Former Denver Bronco, Tyrone Braxton provided a keynote address. To learn more about our campaign visit ShifttheInfluence.org. 

Annual Awareness Event – 2016

Our 2016 Annual Awareness Event took place on June 22nd.  Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for making it a great night! The keynote address was presented by Dr. Thomas McLellan, former Deputy Director of the ONDCP and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute. Dr. McLellan focused on the prevention substance use and mental health disorders with a focus on community implementation. To view his presentation from the evening, click here.

Annual Awareness Event – April  2015

Our 2015 Annual Awareness Event took place on April 29, 2015 at the Denver Art Museum. The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Thomas McLellan, former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to science-driven reform of treatment and policy in substance use. His keynote address focused on the value of the continuum of care for substance use disorders in helping medicine and healthcare achieve more effective and efficient results in treating this illness. To view Dr. McLellan’s keynote presentation, please click here.

Peer Assistance Services’ 30th Anniversary Celebration – May 2014

The event featured David Sheff, author of the New York Times best-selling books “Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy” and the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”.

We also premiered our new video.  Please click this link to watch: Peer Assistance Services, Inc. Video

Annual Awareness event – May 2013

The 2013 Annual Awareness event featured a keynote address by Vincent Felitti, M.D., a noted researcher and co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. The ACE Study, a long-term, in-depth, retrospective and prospective analysis of over 17,000 adults showed a strong link to major causes of adult mortality in the U.S. including substance use, abuse, dependence and related diseases.  Information about the ACE study can be accessed at: The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease and ACES Too High.