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Via Hope Peer Specialist Training Program (HRSA)

 Via Hope Peer Specialist Training Program

Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


The Via Hope Peer Specialist Program is accepting applications for the first cohort of a 4 year pilot program. This is a peer specialist training program that will train and place certified peer specialists in non-traditional settings and create the first registered apprenticeship program for peer specialists in Texas. The overall goal of the program is to improve health outcomes for people served in primary care, criminal justice, and homelessness service settings. 

Application, Selection, and Participation Requirements

  • The application must be completed in its entirety.
  • The program consist of 6 month experiential training placement and 12 months apprenticeship (separate application and approval for apprenticeship)
  • Applicants must agree to attend and actively participate in all aspects of the program.
  • Attendees will participate in discussion and role-plays utilizing personal experiences as individuals in recovery, rather than clinical roles or training.
  • Participants must pass the knowledge assessment for the chosen certification training.
  • Participants will receive a stipend and placement for experiential training (no salary).


Certification Training Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals must be age 18 or older.
  • Individuals must be a high school graduate or have completed a G.E.D.
  • Individuals must have lived experience in mental health, substance misuse or incarceration recovery and a desire to use her/his experiences to help others with their recovery.
  • Lived experience with homelessness is also required for the Texas Homeless Network placement.
  • Individuals must be willing to publicly identify as a person with lived experience in order to model the reality of recovery.
  • The Core training must have been taken and completed prior to taking the certification training.


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