California Mental Health Services Authority


Welcome to CalMHSA's Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program website!

We are delighted to have you here and excited to provide you with all the information you need to begin your journey towards becoming a certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist in California. Our website is your go-to resource for everything related to the certification program, from eligibility requirements to certification standards and training options. We understand that the journey towards certification can be challenging, but we are here to support you every step of the way. We encourage you to take your time to explore our website and make use of the resources available to you. We are committed to providing you with the guidance and resources you need to succeed. Thank you for stopping by. We wish you the best of luck on your journey towards becoming a certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist!

Updates & Announcement

Scholarships Currently Unavailable

Due to a lower than anticipated number of scholarship applications for specific areas of specialization, the Department of Health Care Services is exploring the possibility of reallocating scholarship funds to other program areas. These may include the development of Spanish curriculum and offering fee waivers to eligible peers who are seeking certification. As a result, scholarships are currently unavailable for application until final decisions are made. CalMHSA remains committed to working closely with DHCS on the funding details and will provide timely updates to the community as needed.

Training Provider Application Cycle for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Training (80 hours) 

The Training Provider Application for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Training (“80-hour core competency training”) will close on October 31, 2023. After careful evaluation, CalMHSA has determined that there are already an adequate number of training providers available for the 80-hour core competency training, and as such, we will not be accepting further applications in 2023.