Certified Family Peer Support Services

Our Certified Family Peer Support Program provides non-clinical support services to parents and primary caregivers of adolescent and young adult children up to the age of 21 who are covered under NM Medicaid insurance and who have a diagnosis of ASD. Peer Support services are delivered by a Certified Family Peer Support Worker (CFPSW) who shares the lived experience of raising a child with social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability challenges. In New Mexico, CFPSWs receive specialized training that helps them foster resiliency and empowerment in other families who are raising adolescent and young adult children with similar experiences. Certified Family Peer Support Workers are certified under The New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals.

Support, strengthened.

Family Peer Support Providers are parents or primary caregivers of adolescent or young adult children with behavioral or mental health challenges who have first-hand experience navigating the often overwhelming juvenile-serving systems like mental health services, special education, juvenile justice, or child protective services, on behalf of their children. Family Peer Support Providers are able to offer families unique expertise based and a common bond built through their lived experiences navigating one or more of these systems on behalf of their own adolescent or young adult children with behavioral challenges. Family Peer Support Providers work to promote your family’s voice and choices by striving to build partnerships between families, providers, and other key stakeholders. Their goal is to empower your family’s voice, ensure your preferences are incorporated into your child’s goals, and to strengthen natural support systems for the benefit of your family and your child.

Support is within reach.

If your family is not yet receiving services from Behavior Change Institute, you can learn more about our Family Peer Support Program and your child’s eligibility by filling out our Online Enrollment Form, by speaking to a member of our Care Coordination Team by phone at (866) 273-2451, or by emailing us at info@behaviorchangeinstitute.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, NM Medicaid is the only insurance plan accepted for the Family Peer Support Program. The plans that fall under this umbrella include:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Centennial Care
  • Presbyterian Centennial Care
  • Western Sky Community Care

Family Peer Support Services are available to families who have children with autism up to the age of 21.

The Family Peer Support Program is available to families who have at least one child with diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Please contact us to learn more about eligibility requirements at (866) 273-2451 or info@behaviorchangeinstitute.com.

Services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Navigating healthcare systems
  • IEP meetings
    • Parent advocacy resources
    • Disability rights
  • Referrals and coordination of care for specific services:
    • Respite care services
    • Mental health services
    • Speech therapy
    • Occupational therapy
    • Psychiatric services
    • Dental services
    • Medical Transportation
    • Parent Support Groups
  • Scheduling diagnostic re-evaluations
  • Medical insurance appeals
  • Crisis concerns - referrals to the emergency services, police crisis team etc.
  • CYFD reports