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AANA Peer Assistance Resource Directory

Following resources are available for helping CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists facing chemical dependency or substance misuse issues. This assistance is also for the families, friends, coworkers, managers, supervisors, or colleagues seeking information or guidance.

Search by State for:

  • State Peer Assistance Advisors
  • Chemical Dependency Programs
    • State Association Peer Assistance Program
    • State Level Chemical Dependency/Peer Assistance Programs
  • State Boards of Nursing

Select a state from the drop down list below, then click search. 

The first step in getting help is to contact your state peer advisor or call the helpline (800)654-5167

New York

State Peer Advisor (1)

Brian J. Bauhs, CRNA, MSN
Brooklyn, NY 11215-1256
p: 646-287-6636

State Peer Advisor (2)

Laura Ardizzone, CRNA, DNP
New York, NY 10004
p: 646-541-7755

Chemical Dependency Program (1)

Statewide Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (SPAN)     (P)
New York State Nurses Association
Ellen Brickman, MPH, MS, NP
11 Cornell Road
Latham, NY 12110-1403
p: 518-782-9400 ext. 304
f: 518-786-3007
Web site:

Chemical Dependency Program (2)

Professional Assistance Program     (A)
State Education Department
Bernadette Lochner, RN, MS, NPP
80 Wolf Road, Suite 204
Albany, NY 12205-2643
p: 518-474-3817 ext. 480
f: 518-485-9378
Web site:

State Board of Nursing

New York State Board of Nursing, State Education Department
Suzanne Sullivan, RN, JD
89 Washington Avenue
West Wing, Second Floor
Albany, NY 12234-1000
p: 518-474-3817 ext. 120
f: 518-474-3706
Web site:

(D) Disciplinary Program 
(State Administration or Recognized)
(A) Diversion 
[Alternative to Disciplinary Program]
(P) Peer Assistance Networking Program (Non-State Administered/Recognized)


Submit Peer Assistance Resource Directory revisions to:

Julie Rice
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
222 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
Phone: 847-655-1114
Fax: 847-692-4317