Peer support programs provide an opportunity for consumers who have achieved significant recovery to assist others in their recovery journeys. Peer specialists model recovery, teach skills and offer supports to help people experiencing mental health challenges lead meaningful lives in the community.  Below are some Peer resources located in our community.

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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 trainings for consumers of mental health who are on a recovery path, continuing education for peer recovery specialists, 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 Crisis Intervention (CIT) Coalition
Promotes and supports the effective development and implementation of CIT programs in Virginia in order to improve the criminal justice and mental health systems and to help prevent inappropriate incarceration of individuals with mental illness.

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.

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