About different peer certifications (in New York)

 

 

What are the different certifications for peer providers in New York State?

 

 

 

    • NYCPS (Certified Peer Specialist):
      This certification is funded through the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) and managed by the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board.  The Certification Board is separate organization with a separate function from the Academy of Peer Services (which provides training and testing only). The Certification Board establishes core competencies, sets the standards for ethical conduct, and then reviews the completed applications from all who are seeking provisional and full certification (and renewal).
      For more about the NYCPS, click here.
    • CRPA (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate):
      This certification is funded through the Office of Addiction Supports and Services (OASAS) and it is managed by the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP).
      For more about the CRPA and the CARC certifications, click here.

Learn more about these two certifications for adult peer services

A Tale of Two Certifications (CPS vs. 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 Provider 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.

To watch the webinar, click here. 

 


Youth and Family Peer Advocates

    • CRPA Family:
      CRPA-F (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate-Family): 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.
      For more, click here.
    • Youth Peer Advocate Credential:
      YOUTH POWER! of Families Together in NYS has established and is now administering the New York State Youth Peer Advocate Credential (YPA).
      To learn more about becoming a Credentialed Youth Peer Advocate, click here.
    • Family Peer Advocate Credential:
      Families Together in NYS has established and is now administering the New York State Family Peer Advocate Credential.
      For more on becoming a NYS Family Peer Advocate, click here.