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

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

Substance Use Disorder 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:

Substance Use Disorder 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)

*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