California Mental Health Services Authority

Initial Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification with Scholarship


We are excited to begin processing scholarship applications for persons seeking initial certification to become a Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist. Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists provide recovery-oriented, culturally appropriate services that promote engagement, socialization, transparency, advocacy, promote natural supports and are trauma aware. The scholarships for the initial certification are open June 24, 2022 through November 30, 2022, or until scholarships have been depleted.

How does this work?
The peer support benefit is a county behavioral health benefit under Medi-Cal program. As such, county behavioral health plans who have elected to implement the Medi-Cal peer benefit, provide names of potential applicants for the application for a scholarship. County behavioral health plans will provide names of potential applicants from within their behavioral health provider networks. CalMHSA will reference the lists of applicants it receives from county behavioral health plans with applications for scholarship. To see the qualifications to become a Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist, please click here. Please click here if you have been notified by your county behavioral health plan to complete an application for certification.