Peer Certifications In NY State

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Adult Certifications

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

This certification is available to qualified individuals through the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB). The NYCPS certification is funded through the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH).


Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)

This certification is available to qualified individuals through the New York Certification Board (NYCB) at the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (NYASAP).

Which Adult Certification is Right for You?

A Tale of Two Peer Certifications: CPS and CRPA is a 90-minute webinar featuring Joe Swinford from the (then) New York Peer Specialist Certification Board
(funded by NYSOMH) and Ruth Riddick from the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (funded by OASAS).
They describe the purpose of having two certifications and the benefits of being certified (for those who qualify) in both systems.

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Youth & Family Certifications

Certified Recovery Peer Advocate- Family (CRPA-F)

This is a new specialization under the existing CRPA certification (above). It affords existing Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA) an additional opportunity to offer specialized family peer support.

Youth Peer Advocate Credential (YPA)

YOUTH POWER! of Families Together in NYS has established and is now administering this program.

Family Peer Advocate Credential (FPA)

Families Together in NYS has established and is now administering this program.