Peer Support Resources

Statewide and National

Getting Started as a Virginia Peer Recovery Specialist

  1. Attend a Virginia Peer Recovery Specialist training in your area. There have been approximately 72 people located throughout Virginia trained to offer this training. You can find announcements about upcoming trainings and job announcements online through…
  1. Seek out other opportunities for continued education.
  1. If you are not already connected with a community service board (CSB), community mental health/addiction recovery agency, and/or peer-run recovery center, it is recommended to reach out to one in your area. At the moment, they are the largest source of both volunteer and paid peer support positions. Other options include…
  • Your local Human Rights Committee
  • Suicide prevention groups
  • Veterans groups
  1. The certification process is optional and depends on the employer. If the employer (like a CSB for example) needs to bill Medicaid for peer services, the certification will likely be mandatory. Not all peer service employers bill Medicaid however.

Statewide Resources

2-1-1 Virginia
Connecting people with free information on available community and statewide services using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia

Addiction Recovery Council of Virginia
Group of individuals, active in recovery, who would like to help influence Virginia’s current recovery policy towards a more productive solution.

disAbility Law Center of Virginia
Helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination

Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV)
Warm Line (866) 400-MHAV
Programs include educational conferences for consumers of mental health who are on a recovery path, a warm line referral telephone service for families and individuals who need a listening ear, a professional development network for Virginia’s peer recovery workforce, and a clear voice with and on behalf of consumers to affect mental health policy in Virginia. Newsletter available.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Virginia (NAMI-VA)
Provides support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Virginia affected by mental illness. Programs include: Family to Family, Peer to Peer, In Our Own Voice and regional support groups.

Spiritworks Foundation
Helping individuals and families sustain long term recovery from addiction, and to help children and youth live free from the intergenerational cycle of addiction in their families

Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA)
Promotes social, educational, legal, research and health care resources and services that support accessible, effective and accountable addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Newsletter available.

Veteran Pathways Home
A faith-based non-profit education organization (501c4) serving U.S. Armed Forces Members, Veterans, and their Families since 2001.

Virginia Advance Directives
Document that allows you to give directions about your health care instructions and preferences for a time in the future when you may be unable to make informed decisions about your care because of injury or illness.

Virginia Certification Board Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)
Designed to measure competency of behavioral health professionals

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services Office of Recovery Services
Serves as a clearinghouse, providing information about resources to CSBs/BHAs, state facilities and the peer community to assist their continuing work to advanced recovery and inclusion of peers, dispel stigma and advocate for equitable representation and funding for consumer and recovery based services.

Virginia Easy Access
Developed for seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them. Virginia Easy Access is the gateway to the VirginiaNavigator provider database which helps people find local services and supports.

Virginia Peer Support 
Facebook group for peers in Virginia

VOCAL Virginia
Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership is a nonprofit organization of people in mental health recovery. Excellent source for information on peer-run programs, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) training and other workshops. Hosts an annual statewide conference. Newsletter available.

National Resources

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder

Faces and Voices of Recovery
Dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery

International Association of Peer Supporters
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peer support in mental health systems

The Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
Offers dynamic training packages geared toward personal recovery, the development of peer support, community integration and systems transformation

Mental Health America
Community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
Nation’s first peer-run national technical assistance center

Pillars of Peer Support
Initiative designed to provide ongoing resources to promote Peer Support Services in state mental health systems of care

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental health services for Veterans and Families

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