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Below are a list of the core resources that you may find of assistance as a Certified Parent Support Provider.

Core Resources

Agency Readiness to Employ Parent Support Providers

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.

Best Personnel Practices in Parent Support Provider Programs 

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.

Competencies of Parent Support Providers 

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.

Other Resources

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.

  • Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health – research, information and conference proceedings:
  • ICFMacro – Children’s Mental Health Initiative – information, publications, and evaluation data related to systems of care:
  • Independent consulting practice of Patricia Miles and John Franz. who share a common approach in  large-scale implementation of integrated, strength-based, consumer-driven systems of care. The web site has numerous presentations and articles of interest to Parent Support Providers working in residential and community settings:
  • National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Development – information about child protection services, including  Primer Hands On-Child Welfare in 10 modules:
  • National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – information about family support and children’s mental health, publications and conference proceedings:
  • National Wraparound Initiative – information about wraparound for children and youth with serious behavioral health issues:
  • Research and Training Center on Children’s Mental Health – research and conference proceedings:
  • Research and Training Center  on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health – research, publications, and conference proceedings:
  • Residential treatment information at Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community - and residentially - based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.
  • Technical Assistance Partnership on Child and Family Mental Health – information related to community systems of care and learning communities for communication, information sharing, problem solving, and collaboration: 

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.

Motivational Interviewing
  • TIP 35 -  Enhancing Motivation for Change Manual. Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are best practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse and can be applied to any assisting any individual to make changes in their life.
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