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 the only 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

  • Group Facilitation (Houston)

    A 2-day Peer-Based Approach was developed for anyone who currently facilitates peer-led groups or those who would like to facilitate peer-led groups (i.e. groups where the facilitator has shared lived experience with the group members). Examples are Certified Peer Specialists, Certified Family Partners, Recovery Support Specialists, and peers working in other fields where group support […]

  • Certified Family Partner (CFP) Training

    Designed for parents and caregivers with lived experience of raising a child with emotional or mental difficulties who desire to use their experience navigating systems of care to help other parents and caretakers. Certification requires successful completion of the exam following the training. For more information, please visit our Family Partner Training and Certification page. […]

  • CFP Supervisor

    This unique one-day training introduces current and prospective supervisors of Certified Family Partners (CFPs) to the value of this vital profession, the core competencies CFPs are trained in, their Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and especially the services they provide. Application available. Deadline to apply: *extended to* March 4th, Acceptance notifications: March 11th

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.