When is the training offered?
Cohort 1: February 6 – February 23, 2023 (no class February 20th, President’s Day)
Cohort 2: March 13 – March 29, 2023**
Cohort 3: April 24 – May 10, 2023**
Cohort 4: June 5-22 (No session, Monday, June 19)
Cohort 5: August 16-September 1
Cohort 6: September 18-October 4
Cohort 7 [Rescheduled]: November 29-December 15
Cohort 8: *Early 2024 (more information coming soon!)
Space in each cohort is limited!
**Dates subject to change.
What topics are covered in the training?
Participants learn behavioral health skills covering the 17 Peer Specialist core competencies as
identified by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
Topics covered include:
- Recovery Model
- Communication Skills
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Cultural Competency
- Medi-Cal Code of Ethics and more!
Click HERE to view the full list of 17 core competencies
Where can I learn more about state certification?
The CalMHSA Certification website (capeercertification.org) is the best place to find more information about the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification process, requirements, qualifications, and application info. That website is also where you will start your certification application if you have not started already.
Application Instructions for the Initial Certification Process can be found HERE.
Certification Requirements can be found HERE.
What is the process to join the training?
Step 1: Review training eligibility to determine if you qualify for this training
Step 2: Complete the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Interest Form
Step 3: Staff will review your form to determine eligibility
Step 4: Staff will notify you if you are eligible to proceed with training registration or direct you to alternate training options
Step 5: Complete your training registration and Individualized Career Plan (ICP) form
Step 6: Complete mini career counseling session with staff/volunteers to review completed ICP
Step 7: Receive notification from staff to confirm your spot in the training
What happens after I complete the training?
After the 2.5 weeks of training are complete, participants receive the following support for 6
- Career Counseling
- Notification of job leads
- Office Hours to augment training
- Job placement assistance