Family Peer Advocate Credential (FPA)
Families Together administers the New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential. As of 2017, over 400 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.
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.
NYS Family Peer Advocate Provisional Credential
An individual seeking an FPA Credential will typically start with a Provisional Credential. Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form. If you would like to access a prerecorded webinar with page-by-page instructions on filling out the Provisional Credential application CLICK HERE. FTNYS staff is available to support you as you complete your FPA Credential application.
- Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Credential Information for Advocates FAQ
- Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Provisional Credential Application Form and Instructions
The PEP Level 1 training is required for the Family Peer Advocate Provisional Credential. If you have not taken the Level 1 training CLICK HERE to get to the FTNYS training page and follow the instructions. If you have any problems accessing the training, call our office at 518-432-0333, ext.18
NYS Family Peer Advocate Professional Credential
NYS Family Peer Advocate Credential
If you completed the traditional, 40-hour in-person training and would like to apply for a FPA Credential the process is slightly different. Please read the FAQ and the Application Instructions before completing the application form. FTNYS staff is available to support you as you complete your FPA Credential application.
- Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Credential Information for Advocates FAQ – Traditional Version
- Family Peer Advocate (FPA) Credential Application Form and Instructions – Traditional Version
NYS Family Peer Credential Renewal
The Family Peer Advocate Credential is valid for 2 years from the date it was issued. It is must be renewed every 2 years. It is the responsibility of each FPA to submit the required FPA Credential Renewal paperwork no more than 90 days and no less than 30 days prior to the expiration date of their current, valid credential. Below you will find all the information and documents you need to renew your FPA Credential. Please note, there is a fee to renew your credential. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.
- FPA Renewal Policy Letter
- FPA Continuing Education and Renewal FAQ
- FPA Credential Renewal Application Form and Instructions
- Continuing Education Form
- FPA Renewal Payment Form
If your FPA Professional Credential has expired and you wish to reinstate it, see the FAQ for more instructions and the additional fee schedule. If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, please call office at 518-432-0333, ext. 18.
NYS Family Peer Advocate Code of Ethics
Families Together is dedicated to the principle that Family Peer Support Advocates must meet the highest standards of ethical practice. To that end, the Family Peer Advocate Workforce Development Advisory Committee (WDAC) has adopted a Code of Ethics specifically for Family Peer Advocates.
The FPA Code of Ethics exists, in part, for the protection of families and to maintain the integrity of the workforce. It outlines the standards of ethical conduct for all Family Peer Advocates. Failure to comply with the FPA Code of Ethics may result in a disciplinary action.
A separate document, the FPA Code of Ethics Violation Policies and Procedures, will be used by the WDAC to investigate all alleged violations of the FPA Code of Ethics. Credentialed Family Peer Advocates are therefore, encouraged to thoroughly read and practice in accordance with the FPA Code of Ethics.
For more information on the FPA Credential or PEP Training please contact:
Susan Burger, Director of Workforce Development
Joanna Ahlatis, Program Coordinator
518.432.0333 ext. 18