Program of Assistance for Students

The Program of Assistance for Students (PAS) is a program that enhances wellness by providing you, and any dependents you have, the opportunity to manage life’s problems before they become serious and impair your academic and professional performance.

PAS benefits include:

  • Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling or Consultation
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Call provider or agency of your choice and you make your own appointment.
  • Confidentiality assured. No bills will be identified with students to the schools.
  • PAS offices are located throughout the El Paso community.

Frequently Asked Questions

TTUHSC El Paso provides up to five free counseling sessions per student per academic year. The student and/or any dependent living in the student’s household can utilize these five free counseling sessions.

You and/or your dependent may continue to receive counseling from the provider beyond the five (5) free sessions available through PAS, but you will be responsible for the covering the provider’s fees for those additional counseling sessions.  You might be able to use any insurance benefits that you have to help defray those costs. If you feel that longer-term counseling is needed and you want to use your insurance, please verify with the provider that they take your insurance.

Absolutely! Your use of PAS is private and professional.

Confidentiality is regulated by federal guidelines. Without your formal written permission, no information whatsoever is released concerning your use of PAS or the nature of your concerns. Therefore, if you seek assistance on your own, your use of PAS will not become a part of your academic record and it will not compromise your reputation or future opportunities.

You do not need to go through the school to access PAS services. You may call the PAS counselor of your choice directly to schedule an appointment (see the list on the back of this brochure). If you have any questions about the PAS program and the services available through PAS you may call one of the numbers in the box to the left.  When calling for PAS services or information, please identify yourself as a TTUHSC El Paso student or family member.

Student Assistance Providers

Martha Dominguez, LCSW

5959 Gateway Blvd. W Suite #501
El Paso, TX 79925

Blanca Gadney-Moss, LPC, LMFT, NCC

1418 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902

Michael Hand, Ph.D.

600 Sunland Park Dr. Bldg 100
El Paso, TX 79912

Richard B. Patterson, Ph.D.

1605 Beech, Suite B
El Paso, TX 79925


1310 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79902

Elizabeth Salazar-Young, LPC

7400 Viscount Blvd, Suite 201
El Paso, TX 79925

Living Hope Christian Counseling Service

1801 Wyoming Ave., Suite 102
El Paso, TX 79902

Counseling Center of Expressive Arts

1600 Medical Center, Suite B-1
El Paso, Texas 79902


Emergence Health Network



If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 915-215-4370 or visit our website for more information:


In case of an emergency, you may go to any emergency room, or the ones listed below, at your own expense.

University Medical Center
4815 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905


El Paso Psychiatric Center
4615 Alameda Ave
El Paso, TX 79905

The two numbers above serve as a 24-hour crisis line, available to any student or family member, whether or not you are currently receiving counseling through a PAS provider. The person answering your call will connect you with a PAS counselor who can assist you.