The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) funds Peer Engagement Specialist throughout the state.

The primary goal of the Peer Engagement Specialist is to utilize their own addiction and recovery expertise, similar to Recovery Coaches and Peer Recovery Advocates, to serve as a resource for individuals and families in various settings (such as emergency departments) due to their substance use. These Specialists know where to find help and how to effectively engage with individuals who want to enter into recovery.

For more information about Peer Engagement Specialists in your area call your local OASAS field office representative.   You can find them listed here.

Scroll down to find the specialist nearest to you.


Catholic Charities
1-866-930-4999 to reach Peer Engagement Specialist
(518) 449-3581 ext. 103
Stephanie Lao, Executive Director

Broome County

Addiction Center of Broome County
30 West State Street, 2nd Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901
(607) 723-7308 ext. 132
Cindy Gerhart
(607) 222-8318
Sharice Clouser
(607) 321-3642


CCSI-through Onondaga
Cortland Co. Mental Health
7 Clayton Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
Linda Martin

Dutchess County

Council on Addiction Prevention and Education
807 Route 52, Room 28
Fishkill, NY 12524
(845) 765-8301 x 103
Meghan Hetfield
John Cassidy

Erie County

Western NY Independent Living Center
3108 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214
(716) 836-2726
Addict to Addict/Family to Family
(716) 836-0822 x 135
Shannon Veiders, Team Leader


CCSI-through Onondaga

Onondaga County

Syracuse Behavioral Health
714 Hickory Street
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 701-1518
Jordan Eubanks, CRPA

New York

Odyssey House/Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel
219 E. 121st St.
New York, New York 10035
Mark Fowler

Odyssey House/Mt.Sinai-Beth Israel
103 East 125th Street
New York, New York 10035
(212) 774-3306
Anita Kennedy
(646) 574-9904

Oneida County

Rescue Mission
212 Rutger Street
Utica, New York 13501
Peer Support Advocate Programs
Danyelle Kampf
(315) 864-1893
Richard Brown
(315) 534-3537

Onondaga County

Prevention Network
421 Montgomery Street, 10th floor
Syracuse, New York 13202
(315) 435-3355 x 4941
Maria Sweeney
Referrals must be made through Syracuse hospitals

Rensselaer County

Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health
1600 7th Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
Jesse Chapman

Schoharie County

Schoharie County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
349 Mineral Springs Road, Suite B
Cobleskill, New York 12043
Megan Ostrander

St. Lawrence County

Seaway Valley
206 Ford Street, Suite 301
Ogdensburg, New York 13669
(315) 713-4861 ext.5012
Felicia Dumas