OMH Waiver Youth Peer Advocate Service

The Waiver Youth Peer Advocate service provides support and advocacy for young people with serious emotional disturbances. As one of nine waiver services facilitated by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), it is designed to enable recovering youth to stay in their homes and communities, avoiding further hospitalization. The Waiver Youth Peer Advocate service makes it possible for these youth to work one-on-one with young adults who have first-hand knowledge of the recovery process.

Are you a person between the ages of 18 and 28 years old who has had first-hand experience with mental health services, special education services, or foster care? Are you curious about ways you could help a younger person who is facing some of the same challenges you once faced? Consider becoming a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA). Using your own experience with recovery, you can make a positive difference in another person’s life.

Interested in learning more? Take a look at the View YPA job qualifications (PDF). And you can preview this video from the training:

All  YPAs in this program complete a two-part training. The first part is available online. The second part is a two-day training that will be offered through YOUTH POWER. Completion of both components is required for all YPAs serving in the Waiver. Following the release of the YPA Credential and accompanying training, this training will no longer be offered and Waiver YPAs will be required to utilize the full credentialing process.

To inquire about the Waiver YPA training, please contact