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
Certified Peer Specialist

A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) 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

  • Monthly CFP TA Call (3rd Wednesday of each month)

    CFP Roundtable and Technical Assistance/Support Call Call in Information: 1-877-820-7831 Code 475045# PLEASE REMEMBER *6 to Mute Yourself and DO NOT Put your phone on HOLD.

  • RTP NEXT STEPS (El Paso)

    Recovery to Practice Next Steps is a 4‐day highly interactive training designed for advanced Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Coaches to gain new skills and experiences, learn with and from each other, and come to a common understanding of recovery through some of the current best practices in peer support. Learn more by visiting […]

  • CPS Certification (Ft. Worth)

    Via Hope provides an interactive training to help people learn and practice the skills necessary to offer peer support to people receiving mental health services. Our forty-three hour certification training has 20 different modules that include the core values of Certified Peer Specialists, how to use recovery stories to support other people, and peer support […]

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.