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NEWS Et UPDATES -CONTINUED-
ACAN was created by accountants, for accountants. Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
(TSBPA) Board member and Peer Assistance Oversight Committee Chair, John R. Keeney, said
"We must remember that CPAs are people too and have the same problems that everyone else has.
The profession takes care of its own through ACAN." The CPA volunteers in ACAN understand the
pressures of the accounting profession. Most are successful CPAs that once faced problems and
now want to share solutions by being friends and mentors to others. There is no stigma and there
are no judgments in ACAN. Network volunteers have first-hand experience with some of the same
issues others may be dealing with and understand what people are going through. Volunteers receive
annual training in mental health and addiction issues, intervention methods, and anger management. I
They are available to motivate affected persons to seek help and to support them in their recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the 24-hour, toll-free hotline:
The network is also completely confidential. The identity and communications of anyone contacting
or participating in the network are confidential and protected by law under Chapter 467 of the Texas
Health and Safety Code. ACAN is administered by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
(although you don't have to be a Society member to access ACAN services) and funded in part by
the TSBPA. Board Rule 502.2 enacted a TSBPA peer assistance program to oversee the activities
of ACAN to provide confidential assistance to CPAs with alcohol or drug dependency and/or mental
health issues and to protect the public.
The TSBPA prefers to take a preventive and remedial approach to drug or alcohol-related issues.
Each year, the Board makes approximately 60 referrals to ACAN. CPAs are required to self-report
convictions, so the Board may refer someone to ACAN if the conviction is related to alcohol or sub-
stance abuse problems. CPA candidates are also required to self-report their arrest records when
they file an application of intent and the Board conducts their own background check on each candi-
date when they submit the form. If any drug or alcohol-related issues are found, the Board may de-
cide to refer candidates to ACAN. An average of 90% of all Board referrals have completed the ACAN
program and less than 5% have ceased pursuing their license due to relapse.
ACAN is always looking for volunteers across the state. If you are a CPA in recovery and interested in
volunteering, please call the network at the number listed above.
Thomas G. Prothro, CPA
TSBPA Presiding Officer
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older,
remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."
- Sam Levenson
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