Grandparenting Guidelines

This document describes grandparenting requirements such as employment date and hours, letters of recommendation, peer training, continued education hours, and exam.

Exam Accommodation Policy

The exam accommodation policy explains our policy and procedure to requests accommodations during the certification examination.

CalMHSA – Fee Schedule

Fees for the cost of application, training, and the certification exam along with biennial renewal and ancillary fees.

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of terms defines important certification language including: adult, beneficiary/recipient, CalMHSA, certificant, certification, certifying entity, code of ethics, continued education, core competencies, county reciprocity, culturally appropriate services, dual relationship, grandparenting process, initial certification, lived experience, Medi-Cal, natural supports, out-of-state-reciprocity, peer, Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist, Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Services, prevalent languages, recertification, recovery, resiliency, training entity, trauma focused, valid certificate, and wellness.

Core Competencies

This document lists the 17 core competencies set by DHCS that Peer Support Specialists must be training in, including concepts like hope, recovery and wellness, the role of advocacy, the role of consumers and family members, psychiatric rehabilitation skills and service delivery,
and addiction recovery principles, including defined practices, cultural and structural competence trainings. trauma-informed care, group facilitation skills, self-awareness and self-care, co-occurring disorders of mental health and substance use, conflict resolution, professional boundaries and ethics, preparation for employment opportunities, including study and test-taking skills, application and résumé preparation, interviewing, and other potential requirements for employment, safety and crisis planning, navigation of and referral to other services, documentation skills and standards, confidentiality, digital literacy.

Guidelines, Standards & Procedure Manual

medi-cal peer support specialist certification

This manual explains the standards for Medi-Cal certified peer support specialists, specializations, and supervisors. Learn more about guidelines for certification, training, exam, certificant registry, certification renewal, and the complaints/appeals process.