CRPA/ Peers Meet-up/ learning at the Open Door: 4th Tuesday of the month, noon-2p
According to the Office of Substance Abuse OASAS:
What is a CRPA?
Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs) draw from personal experience with substance use, and professional training to provide non-clinical support services as identified in the patient’s treatment or recovery plan.
What does a CRPA do?
CPRAs may also help those in treatment/recovery in the development of recovery plans, effective coping habits, and life skills for navigating recovery.
The primary function of a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate is facilitating outreach with individuals currently in a program or considering treatment. Utilizing their recovery expertise, professional training and lived experience, peers boost individuals’ engagement in treatment and commitment to recovery. CPRAs also connect patients to community-based recovery supports consistent with treatment, recovery, and discharge plans. Certified Peer Recovery Advocates duties may include:
- Non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration
- Educating program participants about various modes of recovery
- Accompanying clients to medical appointments
- Raising awareness of existing social and other support services
- Linking participants to formal recovery supports
- Assisting with applying for benefits
BHSN Center for Recovery
Dana Osborne, CRPA
Warren- Washington AMH- Dual diagnosis
Peer Programs and Resources
*CRPA: Clean 1 year, can have a criminal background, take training and pass exam
*Baywood Outpatient offers trainings to become a Peer Advocate, Katrina Fox (518) 798-4221
* Trainings and other resources for Certified Recovery Peer Advocate(CRPA): Friends of Recovery New York: https://for-ny.org/
*Courses for Peer Specialist (mental health): https://www.academyofpeerservices.org/
From OASAS Website:
To pursue certification as a Recovery Peer Advocate, an individual must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a high school diploma or have their GED and pass the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC-RC) exam;
- Complete 46 hours of required training (advocacy, mentoring and education, recovery and wellness, and ethical responsibility);
- Complete at least 500 hours of related volunteer or work experience; and
- Complete at least 25 hours of supervision by qualified supervisory staff
After completing the 46 hours training in the required domains, you are eligible for a provisional certification (CPRA-P), valid for 2 years while you complete the remaining requirements for full certification.
Upon completion of all required training and related work hours (paid or unpaid, candidates can apply for nonclinical peer positions and upgrade the full Recovery Peer Advocate Certification. To receive full certification, you must submit an application, and register for and pass the Peer Recovery exam. Your certification is valid for 3 years.
The New York Certification Board is the only entity authorized by OASAS to oversee the training and certification of Certified Recovery Peer Advocates in New York State.
CCAR RECOVERY COACH ACADEMY© 30 HOUR TRAINING
Sept. 20 to 24
Monday through Friday | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | SUNY Adirondack Saratoga
The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a five day intensive training academy focusing on providing
individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter into or
sustain long term recovery from an addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The CCAR Recovery Coach
Academy© is conducted in a retreat like setting and engages participants in learning and rehearsing skills
with active listening, effective questioning and so on, as well as discovery and management of personal
challenges. Learn more at addictionrecoverytraining.org/about/ coachmodel
Registration for this class closes
Monday, Sept. 13
Price: $375 (Course price includes a $40 materials fee. Tuition assistance may be available.)
CCAR ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR RECOVERY COACHES© 16 HOUR TRAINING
Oct. 4 to 6, Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recovery Coaches play an important role in the recovery process by creating connections with those they
serve in deeply meaningful ways. Through these connections, which may include the sharing of personal
stories and elements of their own recovery journey, Recovery Coaches successfully mentor and inspire
those in recovery and those striving to recover. With such responsibility comes the need for clear
boundaries both personally and professionally. This 16 hour course focuses on the ethical challenges Recovery Coaches face while providing a framework
for creating good boundaries that allow for the same level of connection without causing harm.
Please note: Participants must have successfully completed the 30 hour Recovery Coach Academy
Training © with a certified trainer prior to attending this program
Registration for this class close. Monday, Sept. 27.
Price: $230 (Course price includes a $30 materials fee. Tuition assistance may be available.)