Family Peer Advocate

Posted 2 months ago

Reports to: Family Prevention Coordinator

Employment Status: Non-Exempt/FT

Salary Range: $25,000-$27,000

 High School Diploma and 2-4 years of related experience in human services, education, mental health/addictions field. OMH Family Peer Credential preferred.

 Have lived-experience as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability and first-hand insight to benefit clients.

 Completion of the PEP Level 1 training is required for the FPA Provisional Credential employee is responsible for attending and receiving FPA trainings and completing application process within 12 months, must renew credentialing every two years.

 Demonstrated ability in public speaking and program delivery.

 Current and valid NYS driver’s license.

Job duties include:

 develop skills and strategies to empower and support other families

 empower family members to find their voice, acquire new skills, and learn how to plan and partner effectively on behalf of their child.

 foster effective parent-professional partnership and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches.

 practice constructive advocacy at all tiers, modeling and mentoring families in those same skills.

 provide family peer support services in a variety of settings including independent community-based family support programs, schools, clinics, residential programs, health homes and HCBS, hospitals, and other community-based organizations.

 providing information and referral

 engaging families in services

 working with families to discern their strengths, needs, and priorities

 providing 1:1 assistance to help families connect to and participate in services

 accompanying parents to meetings to assure their voice is heard

 increasing parents’ feelings of self-efficacy

 reducing stigma and feelings of isolation

 serving as members of child and family planning teams

 helping families identify goals and track progress

 supporting families to develop ‘informal’ networks of support

 participating as the FPA in specific evidence-based treatment models

 empowering parents by increasing their knowledge and skills

 coaching in constructive self-advocacy skills

 coaching in effective parenting strategies

 initiating and supporting parent support and skills groups

 helping families learn about special education services, procedures, and rights

 helping families understand mental health diagnoses, medication, and treatment options

 facilitating effective family-provider partnerships

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