Youth Peer Supports (Service Provider)- CFTSS
SD012
 Brooklyn, NY

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Skill

Building:

    • Developing skills for coping
      with and managing psychiatric symptoms, trauma, and substance use
      disorders
    • Developing skills for wellness,
      resiliency, and recovery support
    • Developing skills to
      independently navigate the service system
    • Developing goal-setting skills
    • Building community living skills

Coaching: Enhancing

resiliency/recovery oriented attitudes, i.e., hope, confidence, and

self-efficacy

    • Promoting wellness through
      modeling.
    • Providing mutual support, hope,
      reassurance, and advocacy that include sharing one's own “personal
      recovery/resiliency story“ as the Youth Peer Advocating (YPA) deems
      appropriate as beneficial to both the youth and themselves. YPA’s may
      also share their recovery with parents to engage parents and help them
      “see” youth possibilities for future in a new light.

Engagement,

Bridging, and Transition Support:

    • Acting as a peer partner in
      transitioning to different levels of care and into adulthood; helping
      youth understand what to expect and how and why they should be active in
      developing their plan of care and natural supports.

Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy, and

Empowerment:

    • Developing, linking, and
      facilitating the use of formal and informal services, including
      connection to peer support groups in the community.
    • Serving as an advocate, mentor,
      or facilitator for resolution of issues.
    • Assisting in navigating the
      service system including assisting with engagement and bridging during
      transitions in care.
    • Helping youth develop
      self-advocacy skills (e.g., may attend a Committee on Preschool or
      Special Education meeting with the youth and parent, coaching the youth
      to articulate his educational goals).
    • Assisting youth with gaining and
      regaining the ability to make independent choices and assist youth in
      playing a proactive role in their own treatment (assisting/mentoring them
      in discussing questions or concerns about medications, diagnoses or treatment
      approaches with their treating clinician). The YPA guides the youth to
      effectively communicate their individual perspective to providers and
      families.
    • Assisting youth in developing
      skills to advocate for needed services and benefits and seeking to effectively
      resolve unmet needs.
    • Assisting youth in understanding
      their plan of care and help to ensure the plan is person/family centered

Community

Connections and Natural Supports:

    • Connecting youth to community
      resources and services. The YPA may accompany youth to appointments and
      meetings for the purpose of mentoring and support but not for the sole
      purpose of providing transportation for the youth.
    • Helping youth develop a network
      for information and support from others who have been through similar experiences,
      including locating similar interest programs, peer-run programs, and
      support groups.
    • Facilitating or arranging youth
      peer resiliency/recovery support groups.
  • Development
    and updating of service plans, including obtaining medical consenter signatures.
  • Obtaining
    consents and enrollment documents for newly enrolled children/youth.
  • Attend
    monthly waiver service provider meetings to stay current on practices and
    protocols.
  • Submit
    progress notes, service plans, expense logs, and service provider logs
    within set forth-required timeframes. Progress notes are due within 3
    days of service provision so that approval from supervisor is completed by
    the 5th business day following service provision.
  • Report
    incident(s) to supervisor upon discovery.
  • Maintain
    open communication with other service providers (e.g., Care Manager) to
    report on child/youth’s progress and identify any potential barriers and
    referrals.
  • Setting of Service Provision:
    • YPST can occur in a variety of
      settings including community locations where the youth lives, works,
      attends school, engages in services, and/or socializes.

QUALIFICATION

YPST is delivered by a New York State Youth

Peer Advocate Credential. To be eligible for the Youth Peer Advocate

Professional Credential, an individual must:

  • Be
    an individual 18 to 30 years old who has self-identified as a person who
    has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental,
    substance use, and/or behavioral challenges.
  • Be
    able to use lived experience with a disability, mental illness, juvenile
    justice, special education, substance use disorder, and/or foster care to
    assist in supporting youth in their resiliency/recovery and wellness.
  • At
    a minimum, have a high school diploma, high school equivalency preferred
    or a State Education Commencement Credential. This educational requirement
    can be waived by the certifying agency if the person has demonstrated
    competencies and has relevant life experience sufficient for the peer
    certification.
  • Complete
    Level One (online component) and Level Two (online and in-person) training
    of the Youth Peer Support Services Advisory Council recommended and State
    approved training for YPAs followed by a minimum of three consultation
    calls.
  • Submit
    three letters of reference attesting to proficiency in and suitability for
    the role of an YPA including one from YPAs supervisor.
  • Agree
    to practice according to the Youth Peer Advocate Code of Ethics.
  • Document
    600 hours of experience providing Youth Peer Support services.
  • Complete
    20 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
  • Demonstrate
    qualities of leadership, including:
    • Knowledge
      of advocacy
    • Group
      development and/or facilitation of peer-to-peer groups or activities
  • Be
    supervised by a credentialed YPA with four years direct service experience
    or an individual who meets the criteria for a
    “qualified mental health staff person” found
    in 14 NYCRR 591 or 14NYCRR 595.

A YPA may obtain a provisional credential that

will allow services they provide to be billed if the applicant:

  • Is
    an individual 18 to 30 years old who has self-identified as a person who
    has first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental,
    substance use, and/or behavioral challenges.
  • Be
    able to use lived experience with a disability, mental illness, juvenile
    justice, special education, substance use disorder, and/or foster care to
    assist in supporting youth in their resiliency/recovery and wellness.
  • Has
    a high school diploma, high school equivalency preferred or a State
    Education Commencement Credential. This educational requirement can be waived by the
    certifying agency if the person has demonstrated competencies and has
    relevant life experience sufficient for the peer certification.
  • Has completed Level One of the Youth Peer Support
    Services Advisory Council recommended and State approved training for
    YPAs.
  • Submits two letters of reference attesting to
    proficiency in and suitability for the role of a YPA.
  • Agrees to practice according to the Youth Peer Advocate
    Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrates qualities of leadership, including:
    • Knowledge of advocacy
    • Group development and/or facilitation of peer-to-peer
      groups or activities
  • Is supervised by a credentialed YPA with four years
    direct service experience OR
    an individual who meets the criteria for a “qualified mental health staff person” found in 14 NYCRR
    591 or 14NYCRR 595 (refer to Appendices for criteria).

A YPA with a provisional credential must complete all

other requirements of the full credential within 18 months of employment as an

YPA.

OR

A Certified Recovery Peer Advocate – To

be eligible as a certified recovery peer advocate, an individual must be 18 to

30 years of age and has the following:

  • Lived experience defined as having
    been impacted or affected by substance use disorders and/or be in recovery from
    substance use disorders.
  • A high school diploma, high school
    equivalency preferred or a State Education Commencement Credential.
  • Completed a minimum of 46 hours of
    content specific training, covering topics of: advocacy, mentoring/education,
    recovery/wellness support, and ethical responsibility.
  • Documented 1,000 hours of relative
    work experience, or document at least 500 hours of related work experience if
    they:
    • Have a Bachelor’s Degree,
      is certified by OASAS as a CASAC or CASAC trainee or Prevention Professional or
      completed the 30-hour Recovery Coach Academy training.
  • Provide evidence of at least 25 hours
    of supervision specific to the performance domains of advocacy,
    mentoring/education, recovery/wellness, and ethical responsibility. Supervision
    must be provided by an organization documented and qualified to provide
    supervision per job description.
  • Pass the NYCB/IC&RC Peer Advocate
    Exam or other exam by an OASAS designated certifying body.
  • Submitted two letters of
    recommendation.
  • Demonstrated a minimum of 16 hours
    specifically related to Youth Peer Support
  • Completed 20 hours of continuing
    education earned every two years, including 6 hours of ethics.

The youth requires education, support, coaching, and

guidance in age-appropriate behaviors, interpersonal communication,

problem-solving, and conflict resolution, and relating appropriately to others

to address daily living, social, and communication needs.