What are the Different Peer-Designated Certifications or Credentials in New York State?
- Mental Health Peer Certification: The New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (funded by the Office of Mental Health) established and manages the review and approval of the certification of peers under the NYS OMH Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS). The Certification Board is a separate group from the Academy of Peer Services (that provides the training and testing only). The Certification Board reviews the completed courses from the Academy along with other criteria that have been established for provisional and full certification. For more about the NYCPS, click here.
- Substance Use Peer Certification: The New York Certification Board (a separate board that is funded by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services) manages the review and approval of the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA). This peer certification is required for those working in substance use settings. The credential is completely separate from the OMH NYCPS (above), but Academy of Peer Services courses have been approved for continuing education (not initial training) for the CRPA. For more about the OASAS Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA), 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). For 6 Steps to 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 6 Steps to becoming a NYS Family Peer Advocate, click here.