Certified Peer Specialist Advisory Council

The CPS Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to Via Hope staff on policy issues related to the Via Hope CPS certification process, changes in the curriculum for certification training, development of additional Endorsement trainings, resolution of ethics complaints, and development of the Certified Peer Specialist profession.

The Council has up to twenty-five (25) members who must be currently employed or volunteering in at least a half-time position as a CPS and must have a minimum of one year’s experience in a half-time position as a CPS.  This employment may be in a peer-operated organization, community mental health center, state hospital, other private mental health provider, Veterans’ organization, or similar organization. The Council generally meets in person four times per year. The Advisory Council Subcommittees may meet independently of the full Council.

In selecting members, the Council maintains a diverse membership in terms of ethnicity, age, geographic location, rural or urban setting, length of experience, and participation in other Via Hope initiatives.  The Council also functions as a subcommittee of the Via Hope Recovery Stakeholders Committee, and the Council chair is a member of that Committee.

Members serve for staggered two-year terms. A notice is sent to all current Certified Peer Specialists whenever there are one or more vacancies, and individuals nominate themselves. The Council’s membership subcommittee makes recommendations to the Director of Via Hope, who appoints the members.

You can access the meeting minutes our Archive page.

Current Members of the CPS Advisory Council, in alphabetical order (as of December 2016):

Bill Barters
Randie Benno
Jack Brown
Larry Diaz
Tommy Higgs
Meredith “Stacy” Jones, Co-Chair
Lora Keech
John King, Chair
Glenda Luco
Ginny Morgan
Wayne Mullan
Ayesha Newell
Lisa Rawls
Joyce Roy
Tina Simpson
Latosha Taylor
Jerry Wainwright