Family Peer Advocate

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



NYS ACHIEVE (Advancing Care through Health Integration and Evidence-based Effort) is a collaborative approach, which will integrate the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) model with NYS’s Medicaid Health Homes Serving Children program for youth and young adults with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), ages 12 to 21 years, with high and complex needs including out-of-home placement or risk of placement, and their families. At the local level, a triad team will serve each child/family and will be made up of a Family Peer Advocate, a Youth Peer Advocate and a HFW Care Manager.

The ACHIEVE Family Peer Advocate (FPA) will function as a member of the team and deliver Family Peer Support Services, which are an array of formal and informal services and supports provided to families caring for/raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, developmental, medical, substance use and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement and/or community. Family Peer Advocates provide a structured, strength based relationship with the parent/caregiver for the benefit of the child/youth.

A Family Peer Advocate will:

·        engage the child/family, with other triad members, to begin the partnership and connection to delivery of strengths-based supports and services using the HFW model;

·        conduct a family/caregiver assessment to determine family strengths and needs, to inform the child/youth’s CANS-NY and comprehensive assessment;

·        participate in, and facilitate when appropriate, child and family team meetings;

·        carry out specific tasks with the family/caregiver to assist the family/caregiver in meeting the child/youth’s plan of care goals;  

·        provide the following service components

o  Outreach and Information:

  • Empower families to make informed decisions regarding the nature of supports for themselves and their child.

o  Engagement, Bridging, and Transition Support

  • Provide a bridge between families and service providers, support a productive and respectful partnership by assisting the families to express their strengths, needs and goals.

o  Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment:

  • Coach and model shared decision-making and skills that support collaboration, in addition to providing opportunities for families to self-advocate.

o  Parent Skill Development:

  • Support the efforts of families in caring for and strengthening their children’s mental, and physical health, development and well-being.

o  Community Connections and Natural Supports:

  • Enhance the quality of life by supporting the integration of families into their own communities.
  • Complete NYS ACHIEVE required training on High Fidelity Wraparound and the project guidance;
  • Complete all required documentation of the project
  • Participate in regularly scheduled supervision; and
  • Meet requirements for continued education to maintain FPA credential.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  •  Be the parent or primary caregiver of a child with emotional and behavioral challenges, for which navigation of child serving systems was necessary
  • Meet the NYS Office of Mental Health’s Family Peer Advocate Credential requirements
  • Other Experience or Skills:
  • Able to work with a broad diversity of families
  • Capable of facilitating meetings
  • Active listening skills
  • Compassionate and caring for families whose children have challenges
  • Knowledgeable in community resources

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School