Agency Bio: Alameda County Mental Health Network of Clients (ACNMHC) provides leadership development, empowerment, job training, and support for people with mental health and/or substance use recovery experience who are interested in joining the behavioral health field as Peer Support Specialists (PSS).

BestNow! (Building Employment Strategies Through Networking on Wellness) is a program of ACNMHC, which was created in 1988 and was the first Peer-run organization of its kind in Alameda County, and since has been a leader in Peer support services. BestNow! has offered training and employment support for more than 20 years.   

We stand proudly by the slogan, “We are who we serve.” ACNMHC stays true to this motto by continuing to value lived experience just as much
as academic and/or work experience. Today, all our programs are staffed by experienced Peers, who share similar lived experiences with the participants they work with.

Training Method: Online (live facilitation)
Training Modality: Cohort Style

Training Length: 4 weeks long, 56 hours in class with 6 hours per week of self-paced learning (24 hours outside of class). 80 hours of training total.

Training Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Registration Capacity: 50 students maximum

2022 Registration Dates: Until August 30th 

Class Start Date: September 5th

To Register for Class:

For More Information:

Contact Information: Elizabeth Gama 
559-708-1993, [email protected]

Agency Bio: Cal Voices is dedicated to improving the lives of California residents through advocacy, education, research, and culturally relevant services. For over 75 years, Cal Voices has worked with individuals and families to promote wellness and recovery, prevention, and improved access to services and support.

Cal Voices understands the constraints and issues peers and their employers face. Over 95% of our staff identify as consumers and/or family members, including the entire Executive Leadership team and all program managers. Cal Voices strives to put the Mental Health Services Act’s vision and values into practice by promoting and advancing peer employment.

Cal Voices now offers Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training through its’ WISE U Program which has supported, trained, and provided technical assistance to agencies employing peers and peer providers themselves since 2014. All Cal Voices’ training curriculums and materials have been developed through years of data collection, analysis and research.

Training Method: Online & Hybrid

Training Modality: Hybrid (live and pre-recorded), and Online (self-directed)

Training Length: 80 hours

Training Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration Capacity: 30 students maximum

2022 Registration Dates: Registration begins July 1, 2022 and will continue on a rolling basis

Class Start Dates: July 6, 2022; October 3, 2022; December 5, 2022

To Register for Class or for More Information:

Contact Information: Blia Cha

916-376-7736, [email protected]

 Agency Bio: The CAPS Academy is a statewide collaboration between three Peer Run agencies in California who have joined together to combine our experience, history, geographic reach, staffing, expertise, and capacity to meet the training needs for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists in California.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco is officially certified as a Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Vendor and is working with Mental Health America of California (MHAC) and Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN) to offer innovative and unique learning opportunities for Peers statewide, leveraging the collective resources and knowledge.

Together we have over 40 years of combined education and training experience and the infrastructure to provide training in any urban, rural, virtual, in-person, or hybrid setting.

Training Method: Online only

Training Modality: Cohort Style (Day and Evening)

Training Length: 24 days total (Two-day sessions a week for each cohort)

Training Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 6 PM to 10 PM;

Wednesday & Thursday, 9 AM to 1 PM

Registration Capacity: 24 students maximum

2022 Registration Dates: June 27th – July 18th

Class Start Dates: Morning Cohort: August 31st, Evening Cohort: September 5th.

To Register for Class or for More Information:

Contact Information: Kerry Leonard

(323) 772-9738, [email protected]