New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential
Families Together administers the New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential. Over 200 Family Peer Advocate Credentials have been awarded. The establishment of the FPA Credential recognizes the importance of family-to-family support. The intent of this credentialing process is to formally recognize the expertise of Family Peer Advocates, to ensure all advocates demonstrate core competencies, to expand reimbursement possibilities, and to provide opportunities for professional growth and collaboration.
FPA Credential Flier – click here
What is a Family Peer Advocate?
Family Peer Advocates have ‘lived-experience’ as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability). They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower and support other families. They foster effective parent-professional partnership and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches.
Family Peer Advocate Credential Information and Application Materials Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form. FTNYS Staff are available to support you as you complete your FPA Credential application.
Family Peer Advocate Information for Advocates – FAQ- Click Here
Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Application Form and Instructions –Click Here
FPA Application Payment Form –Click Here
FPA Application Cover Sheet – Click Here
PEP Training Need Form (optional) – Click Here
NYS Family Peer Credential Renewal
FPA Credential Renewal Application-Click Here
FPA Continuing Education and Renewal FAQ-Click Here
FPA Renewal Payment Form – Click Here
Continuing Education Form – Click Here
FPA Code of Ethics-Click Here
FPSS Definition-Click Here
Funding Opportunities for Family Peer Advocates
From the Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families NYS Office of Mental Health
As the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) prepares to transition children’s behavioral health services into Medicaid Managed Care, it is proposed that Family Peer Support Services (FPSS) delivered by a Family Peer Advocate (FPA) become a State Plan Medicaid billable service. When executed, this will not only expand the capacity for families to receive the service but will also position FPSS as a distinct discipline in the continuum of behavioral health services for children and families.
In states where the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved peer services as a Medicaid billable service, CMS has required credentialing of peers by the state. As a result, OMH now requires that FPAs providing services to children and families in the OMH Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver complete the required training and become credentialed. For more information, please refer to the HCBS Guidance Document: http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/
NYS currently has a credentialing process for FPAs, which is delivered by Families Together of New York State (FTNYS). FTNYS has credentialed over 200 Family Peer Advocates to date. This FPA credential has been approved by the Children’s Medicaid Managed Care Behavioral Health Workgroup as the foundation of the NYS FPA Credential which will be submitted by NYS in our application to CMS.
To support our efforts and build capacity for a well-trained FPA workforce, the OMH Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support qualified individuals in obtaining this credential through an application and vouchering process.
Funding is available for family peers who deliver FPSS in the following OMH programs: Home and Community Based Waive Program, Residential Treatment Facilities, Community Residences, 1650 (family peer support) programs, or for contracted family peers in State Operated Programs. The process to obtain the funding is outlined in the attached document.
If you have any questions, or to inquire about the credentialing of FPAs that are employed by the State, please contact Heather Lane, Family and Youth Peer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 315-426-3940.
For more information on the FPA Credential or PEP Training please contact:Susan Burger Director of FPA Credentialing and Workforce Development email@example.com 631-264-5438 ext.105 Nancy Craig Director Statewide Training and Parent Advisor Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org 716-432-6238 Laurie Rivera Program Manager email@example.com 518-432-0333 ext. 18