Via Hope has embarked on national initiatives that will impact our mission of changing the way we all look at Behavioral Health.

Via Hope offers SAMHSA’s (Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration)

How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), is known nationally for its work regarding people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system. There is growing recognition that trauma can play a significant role in criminal justice involvement. Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services, often resulting in an increased risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. 

Training approved by the National Mental Health of America

Via Hope’s Reentry Peer Specialist Certification Training has been approved by the National Mental Health of America as a National Certified Peer Specialist Certification.

(all MHA applications are currently on hold)

Reentry Peer Specialist Training a Reference for SAMHSA

Via Hope’s Reentry Peer Specialist Training is a Reference for the SAMHSA GAINS Policy Research Associates Sequential Intercept Model (Intercept 4-Reentry). We are honored to be featured by an organization working for large-scale positive social change as a resource with the potential to positively impact the nation.

Co-presentation with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Via Hope partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a Peer-Led Innovations in Reentry Support Program webinar! Our Peer Programs Manager Dr. Sandra D. Smith served as one of three presenters covering the subjects of supporting reentry peer specialists and reentry peer support programs aimed at helping formerly incarcerated people return to and thrive in their community.

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