Reentry Peer Specialist Certification
Via Hope envisions a world where quality peer support exists wherever people are experiencing and recovering from trauma, mental health challenges and addiction. Therefore, we are working to bring peer support to people who are incarcerated or reentering the community after incarceration.
While the majority of individuals that have justice system involvement have some type of mental health challenge, substance use challenge, or both, it is often the shared experience of the trauma.
Reentry Peer Specialist Training and Certification
Via Hope is providing a new eight-day (6 days in person and 2 days via an eLearning Platform) peer training and certification specifically for formerly incarcerated individuals.
This curriculum was developed and co-written by Dr. Sandra D. Smith who herself was formerly incarcerated, Darcy Kues, JD, and Maureen Nichols. Funding for the development of the Reentry Peer Specialist Training provided by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.