American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Peer Assistance Helpline
(800) 654-5167

AANA Peer Assistance Advisors

Anesthetists in Recovery



AANA Peer Assistance Resource Directory

Following resources are available for helping CRNAs and student nurse anesthetists facing substance use disorder (SUD) issues. This assistance is also for the families, friends, coworkers, managers, supervisors, or colleagues seeking information or guidance.

Search by State for:

  • AANA State Peer Advisor (SPA) Volunteers*
  • Chemical Dependency/SUD 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 SPA or call the helpline (800)654-5167*- see also


State Peer Advisor (1)

Carla Spare, CRNA
Prestonburg, KY 41653-8701
p: 502-802-9813

State Peer Advisor (2)

Jack Brueggeman, CRNA, FNP
Florence, KY 41042-8405
p: 859-609-9659

Substance Use Disorder Program

KARE for Nurses Program, Patricia Y. Smith     (A)
Commonwealth of Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222-5172
p: 502-429-3328
f: 502-429-1245
Web site:

State Board of Nursing

Kentucky Board of Nursing
Charlotte F. Beason, Ed.D, RN, NEA, Executive Director
312 Whittington Parkway
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222-5172
p: 502.429.3311
p: 502-429-3300, Ext. 226
f: 502-696-3936
Web site:

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

*AANA Peer Assistance support from State Peer Advisors and/or the helpline is intended to provide resources and act as an information center for the purpose of providing helpful peer support to CRNAs in need of assistance for SUD. Although the helpline is administered by trained volunteers, it is not a professional treatment or counseling program. No person associated with the helpline, including any AANA staff or volunteers, is authorized to make a medical diagnosis, provide professional therapy, treatment or counseling, or provide legal or other professional advice of any kind. Please consult your personal medical provider or legal counsel for all such services. In addition, with the limited exception of anonymous demographic data, which is maintained for reporting purposes only, all information provided by a person contacting the helpline will be kept confidential to the extent required by applicable laws. However, please note that all AANA staff and volunteers are required to comply fully with all applicable state laws regarding mandated reporting.


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