“The Military Veteran Peer Network is an affiliation of Service Members, Veterans and Family Members dedicated to establishing camaraderie and trust with each other, identifying and vetting community resources and, collectively, contributing to the communities where we live.”
Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s Military Veteran Peer Network uses a peer-led, holistic community-based approach to address the specific needs of the veterans of Harris County Veterans Treatment Court and those in need of behavioral health support. The volunteer peer mentoring team helps them enroll in school, obtain employment, navigate community assistance programs, engages their families and provides support late at night and on the weekends during the crisis, is a friend who will listen without judging or consequences, promotes health and wellness through fitness, yoga and mindfulness, inspires hope and leads veterans by focusing on the importance of accountability, decision making and future planning which assists veterans in achieving their goals. In this program, goals are mandatory as well as post-traumatic growth.
We have established a community blueprint of over 40 federal, state and local veteran serving partners to support our mission. By providing comprehensive, innovative training in justice-involved outreach, wellness activities and peer support to both Harris County Veteran Treatment Courts and training all Veteran Court mentors across the state in our nation-leading model, we are ensuring the success of veterans ‘ jail diversion programming and preventing future veterans from becoming homeless, chronically unemployed or substance use dependent.
A successful veterans’ treatment court cannot operate without a functional, professional mentoring team supporting its participants and their families. Efficient, innovative, educational programming led by peers is essential to promoting sobriety, obtaining benefits, navigating resources, achieving high rates of compliance and graduation, and reducing recidivism.
MVPN HOUSTON IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!
Volunteer Veteran Court Mentor
MVPN Jail In-Reach Volunteer
MVPN Houston Outreach Volunteer