This program is designed to provide support for the family/caretaker of a child who is experiencing psychiatric, emotional, social developmental or substance use difficulties in the home, school, workplace and/or community. FPSS are performed by Family Peer Advocates: persons credentialed by NYS who have lived experience as parents/caretakers of a person qualified to receive this service. 


Service Components:


Engagement, Bridging, and Transition Support
The FPA serves as an intermediary between families and service-providers by helping to advocate the needs and perspectives of the family, and helping the family project and build on their strengths, resilience and goals.


They also connect families to needed services, help prepare for meetings with service-providers, promote ongoing engagement and endure transitional periods such as child/youth hospitalization and new school placements.

Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy and Empowerment

​The FPA helps the family to develop self-advocacy skills. This may involve coaching the family on how to communicate with service-providers or informing them of the availability, location and accessibility of community resources.

Developing the skills of parents/caretakers
The FPA provides parents with support as they come to understand their child's diagnosis. This reduces the feelings of helplessness and isolation and the stigma associated with behavioral or health issues.


The FPA can also help parents/caretakers to learn effective strategies for promoting positive behavior, and accompany parents on service errands such as school visits and meetings with service providers.

Community Connections and Natural Support
FPA services here include helping the family to realign with their community support services by reestablishing past connections or by developing new ones.


The FPA helps the family to find leisure time and integrate into communal activities. FPA's may also facilitate opportunities for mutual support with families raising child/youth with similar diagnoses.

Family Peer Support Services (FPSS)

​Rehabilitative services for children and youth (CFTSS) 

Bendel Youth Empowerment Program

384 E 149th St  Suite 527

Bronx, New York 10455

+1 (917) 891 8845

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