Chemical Dependency Assistance
NYSDA is committed to aiding our colleagues and students in addressing substance abuse and addiction. The Chemical Dependency Committee provides a statewide network of dentist-peers who are available to assist members, dental students, their families, and dental office staff in addressing problems with drugs or alcohol. The purpose of this committee is to prevent career destruction through early intervention that may result in appropriate treatment, maintaining the health of the provider as well as the practice and related family.
All inquiries are confidential and non-punitive. When a dentist's license or student's career is at risk, the committee can help protect these privileges. When necessary for a provider, the Professional Assistance Program (PAP) is available through the NYS Education Department. Limited funding is also available to aid in the cost of treatment for those who don't have the financial resources to get it.
Practicing a profession while impaired can result in a charge of unprofessional conduct. If you know someone who is struggling, it is easy to get help confidentially. Call our Peer Assistant Coordinator, Dr. Bob Herzog, at 716-830-3055; or call the Eighth District representative, Dr. Amy Bryan, at 716-807-4131; or call NYSDA administrator, Dr. Judith Shub, at 1-800-255-2100.