Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification

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!

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📢 Updates & Announcements

Release of New Training Provider Application!

We are excited to announce the updated application guide for prospective training providers, along with the annual open cycle dates for each application type. This opportunity allows agencies and peer-run organizations to enhance the growth and development of Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists. 

Celebrating Two Years of Progress

May 2nd marks the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program’s 2-year anniversary! Thank you to county behavioral health departments, the Department of Health Care Services, our Stakeholder Advisory Council, and everyone else who has made this possible.

We offer the certification exam in both English and Spanish, and provide a dashboard with transparent data for counties and stakeholders. We are so inspired by the more than 3,100 Peers who have become certified since 2022.

RAND Publishes Study of Early Implementation of Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program

To inform continual improvement of the program and help design future comprehensive evaluations, CalMHSA asked RAND to conduct an evaluation of the early implementation of the program. Researchers found several positive outcomes for Peer specialists and offered recommendations for further development.