NYAPRS Note: The following comes from Lori Tannenbaum the Director Peer Workforce Consortium for the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Consumer Affairs. While it's particularly aimed at NYC based peer providers and community health workers, folks from other parts of the state or national are encouraged to respond. Thanks! Dear Community Partner, As a Thrive NYC initiative, the NYC Peer Support and Community Health Workforce Consortium is committed to enhancing and expanding the peer support and community health workforces in NYC.To that end, the Consortium is asking New York City peers and community health workers to participate in our survey<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCHWSurvey17> on compensation, job roles, certification and training. Survey participation is voluntary and responses are anonymous.All responses will be kept confidential and will only be reported in the aggregate.No identifying information will be shared with employers or any other parties outside of the Consortium staff. All participants who complete the survey are eligible to enter themselves into a raffle where 1 of every 40 respondents will receive a $40 VISA gift card. Thank you! To take the survey, peer support and community health workers can 1. click here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCHWSurvey17>or 2. copy and paste the following address into your Internet browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCHWSurvey17 Please forward this invitation to all current NYC peer and community health workers on your listserv/staff whose work falls under at least one of the following descriptions: Community Health Worker o A person who has a primary qualification and responsibility of building and maintaining trust with community members to directly support individual and community capacity around health through their close understanding of, and shared lived experience with, the community served, Family Peer Advocate o A person who uses their own lived experience navigating multiple child serving systems on behalf of their own child(ren) to directly support other families with youth dealing with social, emotional, developmental, health and/or behavioral healthcare needs. They may provide social and emotional support, skills-training, guidance to navigate child-serving systems, and more. Above all, FPAs are guided by empathy and firsthand perspective. In this way, they are uniquely poised to meaningfully connect with families, Mental Health Peer Specialist o A person who uses their own lived mental health experience and recovery to directly support others in their mental health experiences and recovery, Peer Recovery Coach or Advocate or Harm Reduction Peer o A person who uses their own (or a loved one's) lived experience of substance misuse and recovery to directly support other people through their experiences of substance misuse and recovery, Youth Peer Advocate o A young person who uses their personal experiences as a means to directly support, advise, and empower other youth. YPAs serve in a variety of different capacities in order to help youth reach their goals. They may provide social and emotional support, skills-training, guidance to navigate child-serving systems, and more. Above all, YPAs are guided by empathy and firsthand perspective. In this way, they are uniquely poised to meaningfully connect with youth. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to this important work.