Veteran-specific Programs

For families and loved ones of Veterans:


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

Upcoming Homefront classes:

  • No Homefront classes are available for registration at this time, please check back later!

For more information, call 503.228.5692.

Family-to-Family at the VA

We are planning a Family-to-Family class at the Portland VA in September 2019! This class will be open to Veteran families as well as civilian families.

Class will meet as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at Portland VA Medical Center beginning Sept. 10th, 2019. Registration is required- please call 503-200-2900 to register and find out more details!

Read more about our Family-to-Family program and other scheduled Family-to-Family classes here.

For Veterans:

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 next Veteran PSST has yet to be scheduled, please check back soon!

**Applications currently closed.** If you are interested in receiving email notifications about future Veteran Peer Support Specialist Trainings, please take a look at the interest list information below.


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.

Veterans Only Peer-to-Peer

Are you a Veteran living with a mental health challenge?

Please consider joining NAMI Multnomah’s Veteran Only Peer-to-Peer Course. This class will be taught by trained NAMI program leaders who are also veterans.

This free, 8-week class will be held in NE Portland and runs June 20 – August 15, 2019.

Please call our Helpline at 503-228-5692 now to register or for additional information.

Download the class flyer 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