“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Joseph Munn, Veterans Maintenance Specialist, on his successful completion of the Certified Recovery Peer Advocates – Provisional (CRPA-P).
Joseph is one of the 16 participants who went through Peer Support Training, which includes Recovery Coach Academy, and an ethics course.
Ruth Riddick from Community Outreach & Communications ASAP of New York State instructed both sessions. Ruth Riddick’s Recovery Coach Academy’s 30-hour training was held on March 12-19th, 2018 and her 16-hour Ethics Course took place from March 26-29, 2018.
The New York Certification Board defines a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) as “a person who provides outreach, advocacy, mentoring and recovery support services to those seeking or sustaining recovery.” For certification, a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate is defined as “a professional who has demonstrated competence in performing a range of activities as defined by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Peer Recovery Job Task Analysis and the (IC&RC) Peer Recovery Candidate Guide.”
Effective June 1, 2016, OASAS has approved the NYCB to offer the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate Provisional (CRPA-P) to candidates interested in completing all the requirements for the Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) currently working or volunteering in a peer support role.
To become certified as a CRPA, a candidate must demonstrate they have completed appropriate education, training and work experience (paid or volunteer), and meet the CRPA standards. In all activities, the certified professional must demonstrate consistent adherence to the NYCB Code of Ethical Conduct & NYCB Code of Ethical Conduct – Disciplinary Procedures, and agree to continue their professional development with ongoing education and training specifically related to peer recovery.
The CRPA-P will be issued to eligible candidates for two years without renewal that meet minimal requirements around training, education, current peer recovery experience, and who affirm their willingness to complete all remaining CRPA requirements prior to the expiration of their CRPA-P which include:
· 500 hours of peer recovery work experience (paid or volunteer)
· 25 hours of supervision specific to the peer recovery domains
· Pass the NYCB/IC&RC Peer Recovery Computer-Based exam
On behalf of the entire organization I earnestly express gratitude towards Joe’s accomplishment and wish him the very best for all peer advocacy work he will perform in the years to come.”
– Samuel Hall, Director of the Col. C. David Merkel, MD Veterans Program