Via Hope is a Texas based 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides education, training, and consultation to individuals in recovery from mental illness, their family members, transition age youth, and mental health professionals throughout the state of Texas. We operate training and certification programs for peer specialists and family partners, and work closely with providers of mental health services to help them become recovery oriented in their culture and practices.

Via Hope Trainees

Via Hope operates statewide training and certification programs for peer specialists and family partners that are recognized by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Become a
Mental Health Peer Specialist

A Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) is an individual in recovery from mental health challenges who has been trained to effectively use their recovery story to help other individuals seeking recovery.

Becoming a CPS or a CFP

Become a
Certified Family Partner

A Certified Family Partner (CFP) is a parent or guardian who has lived experience raising a child with mental or emotional challenges and who has learned to successfully navigate the systems of care.

The Via Hope Recovery Institute provides organizational change work. The aim is to promote mental health system transformation by helping organizations develop practices that support and expect recovery, and by promoting the voices of people with lived experience, youth, and family members.

Upcoming Events

  • Regional Peer Specialist Check in

    Liz Castaneda is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Regional Peer Specialist Check in Zoom Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/166173760?pwd=SzdIU3lqZEd2WG5IY2FaVldKREVmdz09 Meeting ID: 166 173 760 Password: Regional One tap mobile +13462487799,,166173760# US (Houston) +12532158782,,166173760# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) […]

  • Peer Support Supervisor Training (eLearning)

    Due to the current COVID-19 crisis Via Hope is offering the Peer Support Supervisor training online. While the content of the training will not change the delivery method will vary. This means that the content will be provided via Zoom technology, through online discussion threads, and short interactive breakout sessions online. This 2-day training meets the […]

  • Core Training (eLearning)

    The Core training is a 6-7 hour, facilitated and interactive webinar.  You must register at least one week prior to the next scheduled training. Orientation and application for Core Training: Click here. Application available by 5pm on September 18.

Online Learning

  • Recovery-Oriented Practice: Intro to Recovery

    This introductory series includes two modules: Introduction to Recovery & Recovery-Oriented Practice and Introduction to Peer Support.

  • Partnering: The Person-Centered Approach

    This course examines the critical relationships between and among providers, people in recovery, and individuals – family, friends, community members – who provide additional support. It acknowledges that recovery does not happen in isolation, but rather as a result of ongoing collaboration between the person and the important people in his or her life.

Resources

  • National Wraparound Initiative

    The National Wraparound Initiative is a collaborative effort to better specify the wraparound practice model, compile specific strategies and tools, and disseminate information about how to implement wraparound in a way that can achieve positive outcomes for youth and families.

  • Strength of Us

    Strength of Us is a website created by youth, for youth so that they can have a space online to reach out to one another, to seek online resources, and to find tip sheets. The site covers a wide variety of topics from setting life goals to creating budgets to having healthy relationships.

  • Boys Town National Hotline

    The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by counselors. Suicide prevention, abuse, relationship trouble, runaways, and school trouble are among the many issues that can be discussed with a phone counselor.