(CRPA-F) Credentialed Recovery Peer Advocate-Family

What is CRPA-F?

The Certified Recovery Peer Advocate-Family is a new specialization under the existing CRPA – see this page. It affords existing Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPA)  an additional opportunity to offer specialized family peer support.

The CRPA-Family certification and specialized training have been developed in response to new opportunities under provisions of the Children’s Health and Behavioral Health Services New York State Plan, effective July 1, 2019.

What are the career opportunities for CRPA-F?

Demand for CRPA-Family is expected to grow as peer expertise in serving eligible families affected by substance use in services delivered in Part 823 Children’s Services.      

These services consist of formal and informal activities and supports provided to the parent or primary caregiver of families caring for/raising a child who is experiencing social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges in the home, school, placement and/or community.

Services may be offered in a variety of settings including community locations, the home where the child lives, works, attends school, engages in services and/or socializes.

The specialized expertise of the CRPA-F is expected to address a critical need in those agencies that serve families impacted by substance use disorders and want to enhance their service outcomes through peer-supported, long-term recovery.

Who is qualified to become CRPA-F?

CRPA-Family requires that candidates meet the following standards:

  • Are already certified as CRPA (not CRPA-Provisional)
  • Have completed 10 hours online family supported recovery training
  • Have completed 10 hours in-person CRPA-F training via ASAP-PWI authorized trainers
  • Attest and adhere to the ASAP-NYCB Code of Ethical Conduct found under “Downloads” on the CRPA page, and its addendum, Family Supported Recovery-Ethical Standards
  • Meet the CRPA-F definition of a “peer” (see below)

What is the CRPA-F definition of a “peer”?

  • Lived experience for a CRPA-Family is defined as:  ” a parent, or primary caregiver, of a youth (21 years or younger at onset of family exposure to youth’s substance use) who has participated in, or navigated, the substance use disorder services system.”  Please note:  This specific definition of lived experience is unique to the CRPA-Family role
  • Work experience is provided via the candidate’s pre-existing engagements as a CRPA
  • Education experience consists of the combined 46-hour CRPA (prerequisite) and specialized 20-hour CRPA-Family training programs

What is the CRPA-F training program?

The ASAP-Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI), in partnership with Families Together in New York State (FTNYS), has developed the required training for CRPA-F candidates.

Training consists of the following:

  • 46 hours Peer Recovery foundational training required for CRPA; plus
  • 10 hours family-specialty online training modules; followed by
  • 10 hours family-specialty classroom training

Training is offered to participants interested in:

  • expanding their peer knowledge base; preparing for certification as a CRPA-Family;
  • earning approved continuing education hours for peer recovery certification renewal (CRPA, CARC)
  • learning how to effectively navigate the challenges of loving a child with Substance Use Disorder

Where can I find CRPA-F training?

Training is provided by ASAP-Peer Workforce Initiative (PWI) authorized trainers. Please click here for a list of NYS trainers of the CRPA-Family curriculum.

Please register here for an upcoming training.

Where can I apply for CRPA-F certification?

Please click here to apply for CRPA-Family certification.  Please download and open application form in Adobe Reader only.

Are there scholarships for CRPA-F training and/or certification fees?

CRPA-F is not currently eligible for publicly-funded scholarships.


Ruth Riddick
ASAP-PWI Administrator