Tri-County Services

Veteran Services



What is the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN)?

The Military Veteran Peer Network is a networking site for organizations and people serving Texas Veterans and their families. Here, they can stay connected, share knowledge, post events, and develop best practices to help support Veterans as they make the transition to life after service.

No one wades a stream without getting wet and no one comes back from war unchanged. This is a toughening process for some people – a self-awareness generation engine.  The efforts of our troops may produce internal struggles, but those efforts also produce tested, accomplished people. Sometimes, people need a hand in slowing the internal disquiet and conflict that combat, deployment, military sexual trauma, or other abnormal situations produce. No one is better prepared to speak with a Veteran about her experiences than another Veteran, a peer.

With the peer-to-peer network, Veterans are given the opportunity to go through a training course that teaches them how to become peer mentors. Once trained, they are tasked with going out into their local communities and creating peer groups, social groups, or other avenues of peer mentorship.

For further definition of the Veteran Peer Support program please read the             Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 1001.201.

How MVPN was made available to Tri-County Services

The Department of State Health Services(DSHS) made funding available to local mental health authorities (LMHAs) in Texas specifically to help enhance access to resources for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) through peer-to-peer support counseling. Enhanced access is facilitated by Peer Coordinators of MVPN. LMHAs are to create their own position for Veteran services. There are (up-to) 39 other MVPN Peer Coordinators connected to the other LMHAs throughout the state of Texas (see the coordinator map). By being connected to the LMHA, the Peer Coordinator for MVPN has direct access to mental health services.

Tri-County Services is the LMHA in Montgomery, Walker, and Liberty counties. The Veteran Services Liaison, Ashley Taylor, is the Peer Coordinator for the local MVPN Chapter. The main goal for the MVPN Peer Coordinator is to locate Veterans who interested in becoming trained peer mentors to provide peer-to-peer support for local Veterans and their families. There are a variety of options available for peer mentors to provide support, some examples are:

-          Peer Groups

-          One-on-one Peer Mentoring

-          Social Groups

-          Peer Court Mentoring

-          Jail Diversion for Veterans

In addition to training Peer Mentors, the Veteran Services Liaison assesses Veteran needs in the community and attempts to make appropriate referrals to available resources.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor or would like more information about services available to Veterans:

 

Ashley Taylor, M.S., Army Veteran

233 Sgt. Ed Holcomb

Conroe, TX 77304

936-521-6132

AshleyT@tcbhc.org

 

Don’t forget to check out! Texas Veterans Portal

 

 

 

Resources

 

Employment Information:

Workforce Solutions – TVC Veterans Services

 

Education Information:

Texas Veterans Commission

SHSU Veteran’s Admissions

Lone Star College

University of Houston

 

Disability Claims/ Benefits Information

County Veteran Service Offices:

Montgomery County                        Liberty County                      Walker County

Texas Veterans Commission:

Tracy Mathews (Conroe VA Clinic)

Claims Counselor III

PH:   (936) 522-4024

FAX: (936) 522-4020

 

Counseling/ Support Groups

The Vet Center

Combat Trauma Support – Veterans Group

Tuesdays at 1900

United Methodist Church

2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. (Room D211)

The Woodlands, TX 77381

 

Veteran Peer Group

1st Wednesday of the Month

Golden Corral

1604 Interstate 45 N

Conroe, TX 77301

 

Local Veteran Organizations

VFW

American Legion

DAV

PVA

Goodwill of Greater Houston

Career & Recovery Resources

PTSD Foundation of America