Veteran-specific Programs


Homefront class starts February 2019!

NAMI Multnomah will be offering a 6-session Homefront class this upcoming Winter:

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Portland VA from February 12th to March 19th.

Please note, registration is required — call 503.228.5692 today. Classes fill up fast!

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

More details or to register for an upcoming class, call 503.228.5692 to register!

Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training


NAMI Multnomah is pleased to offer another Oregon Health Authority (OHA) approved Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST), this time centered on adult veterans in Mental Health recovery.

In collaboration with Cultivating a New Life through Community Connections, this curriculum is entitled, Warriors in Recovery: Forging an Alliance of Peers. It is a Peer Support Specialist Training specific to veterans, transitioning service members, and/or their families. The training was developed and will be facilitated by Fumiyo Nishimoto, MSW, LCSW and a panel of peer veteran facilitators.

Individuals who complete the 50-hour PSST training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Support Specialists for adult mental health under the Traditional Health Worker (THW) program. The training consists of 50 classroom hours and a written exam.


About the Training

Warriors in Recovery: Forging an Alliance of Peers is a 50-hour, comprehensive training program designed to inform and empower individuals wishing to work as peers for veterans and their families within peer-delivered services and/or community settings. The training assists individuals past or presently affected by mental health services, mental health system survival, addiction(s), co-occurring disorder(s), chronic health difficulties and traumatic experience(s), as they re-enter the community utilizing naturally occurring support.

The core elements of this program include wellness coping skills and WRAP training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), all from a social justice framework with an emphasis on trauma-informed care, cultural humility model and narrative approaches. Through a narrative approach, participants will recognize the power of the stories that they tell themselves, and how to reconstruct their life narrative according to person-centered principles that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems in their lives.


Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist Training Requirements for Traditional Health Workers:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
  • You must identify as a peer under one or more of the following:
    • A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; and/or,
    • A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of mental health services.

In addition to these requirements held by the Oregon Health Authority, we require that peers applying for the Veteran-specific Peer Support Specialist Training also identify as one of the following:

  • a veteran
  • a transitioning service member
  • a family member of a veteran and/or transitioning service member


Upcoming Training Details

Our Veteran PSST will take place in March 2019 on the following dates/times:

  • March 8th-9th, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day
  • March 15th-16th, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day
  • March 22nd-23rd, (Friday- Saturday), 8:30am-5:00pm each day

The training will take place in North Portland. Applications are currently open and will close on February 8th, 2019. Visit this link to fill out the application: Veteran PSST March 2019 Application


Interest List

If you are interested in receiving a notice once applications are open for our next Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training, you can sign up for our interest list here — once applications are open, we will send you an email to let you know and provide you with a link to apply.

Please note that signing up for our interest list does not mean you have applied to our Peer Support Specialist Training! You will need to fill out the application in order to apply to the training.

If you have questions about our Veteran Peer Support Specialist Training, please reach out to us on our HelpLine at 503-228-5692, or at You can also download OHA’s Traditional Health Worker FAQ here.

Family-to-Family at the VA


We are planning a Family-to-Family class at the Portland VA April 2019! This class will be open to Veteran families as well as civilian families. Check back for more details in the near future! For now, read more about our Family-to-Family program and other scheduled Family-to-Family classes here.

Veteran’s Peer-to-Peer at the VA


We are working hard to coordinate another Veteran-specific Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education class at the Portland VA. This 8-week class will be specifically for veterans who struggle with mental illness. We will have more details about class dates and times soon! For now, you can read more about our Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education program and other scheduled Peer-to-Peer classes here.

Contact Us

NAMI Multnomah
524 NE 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97213
Fax: 503.235.8959
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Monday - Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm