Peer Services Implementation
Since 2010, when Via Hope held its first Peer Specialist Certification Training and launched the Peer Specialist Learning Community, over 1,000 people have been trained as peer specialists and there has been a veritable explosion in the growth of peer support positions in the Texas behavioral health system.
As the value of peer support has become recognized and the interest in hiring peer specialists has increased, so has the demand for tools and practices that support the integration of this new workforce into provider settings. In the Peer Services Implementation (PSI) Program, we work together across five domains to support organizational changes that make it possible for peer specialists to effectively provide peer support: Organizational Culture, Funding Peer Specialist Positions, Recruitment and Hiring of Peer Specialists, Peer Support Staff Role Definition and Clarification, and Supervision and Career Advancement.
To support effective implementation of peer services across Texas, Via Hope offers webinars, public workshops, individualized training and technical assistance to organizations upon request, and Learning Community programs that provide intensive support to a cohort of organizational teams over a year or more.
2018 Peer Services Implementation Learning Community
The Peer Services Implementation Learning Community is a twelve-month program, designed to help provider organizations effectively implement the services of Certified Peer Specialists. Organizational teams who participate will be comprised of peer specialists, supervisors of peers, clinical staff, and individuals in administrative leadership roles. Sites for the 2018 program have been selected.
To learn more about opportunities to boost the peer services program at your agency, contact Amanda Bowman, Recovery Institute Manager.