Enhanced Mental Health Peer Specialist (EMHPS)

The Veterans Enhanced MHPS Program is a comprehensive Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC)-approved program. Students who successfully complete the program will obtain their 6-month initial certification along with a $3,500 stipend.


Our Veterans Enhanced MHPS program provides you access to our existing MHPS training (Core and Supplemental Components), as well as support before and after training to help you learn about different work environments.

We’ll also provide additional learning modules and support as you go through the certification process.Β 

What You’ll Learn

  • Comprehensive overview of peer specialist work, including understanding its historical context and foundations.
  • Values and ethics that guide peer specialists in their work, highlighting the importance of language and the impact it has in the context of peer specialist practice.
  • Five stages of the recovery process and their relevance to peer specialist practice, as well as the role of personal stories and experiences in supporting others.
  • Essential skills such as active listening, holding space for others, group facilitation, and promoting self-help, while also exploring the federal and state mental health systems and their impact on peer specialists.
  • Significance of the environment in mental health, problem-solving approaches, managing fear, considering the whole person in peer specialist practice, maintaining ethical boundaries, and being an effective change agent while navigating power dynamics and conflicts with integrity.


  • Access to Certified Peers to help you navigate the certification process.
  • Access to workshops for scenario and role-playing based-learning.
  • Access to site rotations to see multiple types of Peer work environments.

Path to becoming a Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS)




3 Month Cohorts


Core Training - 24 Hours ( 3 Days x 8 Hours)


MHPS Supplemental - 40 Hours ( 5 Days x 8 Hours)


Multiple Workshops


32 Hours of Shadowing


Lived Experience in Mental Health


Must be local to San Antonio


Device with a webcam


Achieve Peer Academy Performance Standards by actively participating and remaining engaged throughout the training


Letter of Recommendation*

*From someone who can act as a reference on your behalf


Has not previously enrolled in, or is not currently participating in, any other Peer Academy program*

*Including Peer Academy Career Enhancement (PACE) Track I and II

Registration End Date

Applications Close 2 Weeks Before CORE Training Date


100% Free

Why Choose Peer Academy?Β 


Online Training

Peer Academy’s training sessions are conducted entirely online, making them accessible from anywhere with a computer and reliable internet connection.


Certified Trainers

Our trainers at Peer Academy are certified and experienced peer specialists, dedicated to ensuring your success in the training program.


Exclusive Financial Aids

As a student enrolled in Peer Academy, you’ll have access to exclusive financial aid, stipends, and internship opportunities.

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to Get Started?

Join 100+ successful students on the path to making an impact in a career in peer support

Veterans Enhanced MHPS is a Peer Academy program that includes all the training required to become a Mental Health Peer Specialist in Texas, and additional supports to help you be successful. It also includes a $3,500 stipend for you. It is designed to help you as you go through our training program.

Before you start the application:

Make sure to be ready with:

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    Letter of Recommendation

    From someone who can act as a reference on your behalf

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    A front copy of your ID (License, Passport, etc.)

    In PDF or in an image format

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    Recording a short video

    Please be ready to record a short video 1 (minute maximum). We ask that you provide a little background on if you are currently working in a peer related job and the reason you are attending this peer specialist core training class.

Application Guidelines:

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    Submit a single application for streamlined processing.

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    Register at least 5 working days before the deadline

    Early application is highly recommended.

Student Testimonials


β€œPeer Academy’s trainings transformed my ability to provide effective peer support. Highly recommended!”

Igor Landry

β€œPeer Academy trainings gave me the tools to be an effective peer support specialist. I feel more confident and competent in my role as a peer supporter.”

Kason Espinosa

β€œHighly recommend Peer Academy for peer support training! The instructors are knowledgeable and engaging.”

Angela Charlton