Below are a list of the core resources that you may find of assistance as a Certified Parent Support Provider.
This eight page brief reviews the steps an agency might take in preparation for beginning a parent-to-parent program and hiring Parent Support Providers. As part of the steps, the agency readiness includes developing a structure for the on-going support, supervision and evaluation of the program.
This nine page brief reviews the strategies for hiring and supervising Parent Support Providers as they work with families parenting children and youth with emotional, behavioral (including substance use) or mental health challenges.
The Parent Support Provider field is quickly evolving and becoming more complex and sophisticated. With the pending emergence of national certification from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the current standard of practice has been translated into the following summary of core competencies and a Code of Ethics. The purpose of this six page brief is to provide a description of the minimal competencies as understood as of December 2010 point in the evolution of Parent Support Providers and their work.
Likewise, the 2013 Self-Assessment Training Checklist is for your own use in evaluating your readiness to be a Parent Support Provider, the content of a program, or a training opportunity.
Medicaid Billing for Parent Support Provider services is clarified in the Information Bulletin of May 1, 2013 published jointly by the CMS, Center for Medicaid and Chip Service, and SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Information Bulletin clearly states that Parent Support Providers provide a beneficial service for children AND can be billed under Medicaid plans, waives, and details the benefit designs that can be used by states.
This 2012 spreadsheet summarizes the definitions states have used in their Medicaid plans to pay for Parent Support Provider Services. It was developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies with input from the Certification Commission for Family Support.
The effectiveness of Parent Support Providers is described in this three page paper by Frances Purdy of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. It and the Issue Brief by the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families contain the footnotes to the current research.
While the Certification Commission does not endorse any specific training program, coursework or publication, it has identified information that has relevance to the competency of Parent Support Providers. The following list is not intended to be comprehensive nor directly preparatory to the Certified Parent Support Provider exam. In alphabetical order, here are a few links to some published papers, articles and conference proceedings.
Additionally, the following useful materials are available at no cost on the internet. The information can be downloaded as a document or reviewed below. The listing of these internet references does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement by the Certification Commission for Family Support. The views and opinions of the authors expressed do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Certification Commission for Family Support or the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (NFFCMH). The Certification Commission for Family Support and the NFFCMH take no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any of the information contained in these courses and only offer the links for your convenience.