Via Hope partners with a number of organizations on its initiatives, drawing on national expertise to build in-state capacity to promote recovery and wellness in Texas.
Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division provides funding to Via Hope, and is a key partner on a variety of initiatives including the Recovery Institute, peer specialist training and certification, family partner training and certification, and PIR (Persons in Recovery) Leadership Development.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is a co-funder, along with DSHS, on all of the recovery oriented initiatives described above.
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Social Work Research and the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health has served as the evaluator on many of Via Hope’s initiatives and is currently a critical partner on the Recovery Institute.
Alpinista Consulting’s work with Via Hope focuses on program development, strategic business development, and participatory approaches to change. Alpinista Consulting is headed by Anna Jackson, who was formerly Via Hope’s Deputy Director.
Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health has consulted with Via Hope and trained on Recovery Institute initiatives. Dr. Larry Davidson provided consultation on the Recovery-Focused Learning community and development of the Recovery Institute. Dr. Janis Tondora provides consultation and training to facilitate person-centered recovery planning implementation.
Keith McCandless has worked with Via Hope since 2013, helping staff integrate the use of Liberating Structures, participatory methods that help groups of people co-create the future together, in their program design and everyday work.
Organizations such as National Empowerment Center, Intentional Peer Support, Pro International, and iNAPS/DBSA provide a variety of trainings that promote recovery and resiliency under contract to Via Hope.
Via Hope’s model for providing peer specialist and family partner training relies on the use of part time, contracted Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Family Partners who are currently working in the field across Texas, bringing their real world experience into the training.