Continuing Education for Peer Recovery Specialists

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This is a special one-time event! Space is limited. Partial scholarships available.

The IPS Core Training application deadline has passed, but you are welcome to submit an application if you would like to be added to the waiting list.
32 VCB-approved hours of continuing education will be awarded!

Mental Health America (MHA) has developed its 2018 Back to School Toolkit to help increase understanding of how traumatic events can trigger mental health issues and is providing materials on the topic for parents, school personnel, and young people.

Mental Health America of Virginia a 501(c)(3) non-profit mental health organization working with recovery, wellness and healing as the foundational tenets behind our educational peer-run programs. We are the state-level representative for a national network that includes eight community-based affiliates in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2017-2018 Annual Report

Statewide, Non-Emergency, Peer-Run Warm Line

Mental health concerns or just need someone to talk to? We are only a phone call away! Call us at (866) 400-6428.

Our Peer-Run Warm Line is now available during the following hours: 

  • Monday through Friday: 9am to 9pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 5pm to 9pm

Mental Health America has a partnership with the Crisis Text Line. Text MHA to 741741 for free, confidential text services 24/7.

Not sure where to go to get help? Find out if you need help and where to find it. Don't forget, you can always call our Statewide, Peer-Run, Non-Emergency Warm Line.

Check out some resources while you're here: Find out where to get help for yourself, and Find out where to get help for someone else.

New Addiction Recovery Support Warm Line!

1-833-4PEERVA (1-833-473-3782)

Mental Health America of Virginia (MHAV) is a partner with other agencies providing a new Peer-Run Warm Line specifically for those struggling with addiction in the Richmond area, their loved ones, and others to talk with trained individuals who have lived experience in addiction recovery. This Warm Line, part of the new Alive RVA program, is open 7 days/week, 24 hours/day.


MHAV works to increase public awareness, decrease stigma and keep mental health issues on the forefront of policy and legislative agendas.

View our Bill Tracking log for the 2019 Legislative Session

Recovery Education

For individuals who have experienced challenges with trauma, mental health or addiction, our programs incorporate recovery principles, encourage self-empowerment and model peer support practices.

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Our Warm Line offers listening, information and mental health referrals, and MHA screening tools can help determine if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

The Warm Line is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00PM EST (Monday through Friday) and 5:00 PM to 9:00PM (Saturdays and Sundays). Our Warm Line is the only statewide, Peer-Run Warm Line in Virginia.

Mental Health Screening Tools

Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

MHA National Certified Peer Specialist Certification (MHA NCPS)

The certification is designed to exceed the standards used in public behavioral health around the country, and to meet the needs of private health insurers and private practitioners. It is not designed to replace current Virginia certifications and training but to build upon and enhance current programs. MHAV is an Official Testing Site for this Certification.

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