Training for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists
Training through an approved training entity is required for all Initial Certification applicants . Trainings by vendors not on this list, or training completed prior to July 1, 2022, will not qualify for initial Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification. You may select and register for training below at any time.
For scholarship applicants ONLY: Once your application has been approved you may choose a training entity from the list below to receive your Peer Certification training. When you have completed your training, please log into the application dashboard and upload your certificate of completion to your application. Only certificates from one of the below CalMHSA approved entities will be accepted.
Below are the CalMHSA approved training entities for the core curriculum for the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists certified in California. The curriculum will cover the 17 Core Competencies as well as the Code of Ethics. Classes are available in different training methods and modalities. Feel free to select the best fit for you.
Training Methods include:
- In-person: Courses taught onsite at scheduled course times so that students can interact with their instructor and classmates in person.
- Online: Courses that include designated times for interactive experience, virtual break-out rooms, written assignments, and “virtual-live” or pre-recorded presentations by students.
- Hybrid: Courses that combine onsite in-person activities with online work or instructions. These courses split time between in-person and virtual environments. Peers attend in-person courses at designated times plus engage in virtual learning activities, which may be either synchronous or asynchronous.
- Asynchronous: Courses that are self-paced allowing an individual to learn on their own schedule, within a certain time period. Peers can use provided asynchronous learning elements like online audio and video and discussion forums at the time and place of their choosing.
Training Providers for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Core Competency Training
Provider – Click for Information! Provider Location In Person Online Hybrid Asynch. Training Modality Training Hours Training Length
California Association of Peer Supporters Academy (CAPS) Statewide X Cohort Style Varies 80 Hours
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA X Cohort Style Varies Varies
Community Action Marin (CAM) San Rafael, CA X Cohort Style M – F
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Chicago, IL X Cohort Style Varies 80 hours
Futuro Health Sacramento, CA X Individual 24-hour access 80 hours
L.A. CADA Academy Los Angeles, CA X Cohort Style Varies 7 or 13 days
Loyola Marymount University Extension (LMU) Los Angeles, CA X X Cohort Style Online: M/W or T/TH
6:30p – 9:30p
NAMI California Sacramento, CA X X Cohort Style M – F
Peer Wellness Collective (formerly Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients) Oakland, CA X Cohort Style M – TH
San Francisco, CA X Classroom T-TH
Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health Riverside, CA X Cohort Style M – F
Worker Education & Resource Center, Inc. (WERC) Los Angeles, CA X Cohort Style Varies Varies
Cal Voices Sacramento, CA X X Cohort Style and Self-directed
M – F
Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery Onsite/Hybrid/Online X X X Cohort Style
Varies 80 Hours
Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. Varies X X X Cohort Style Varies Varies
Pacific Clinics Statewide X X X Cohort – Live Webinar T – TH
Painted Brain Los Angeles, CA X X X Cohort Style Varies Varies
Parents Anonymous Claremont, CA X X X Cohort Style + Custom Varies Varies
RI International Varios Locations X X X Cohort Style M – F
San Jose City College San Jose, CA X X X -Hyflex (Zoom)
Varies 1 Semester
SHARE! the Self-Help and Recovery Exchange – Los Angeles, CA
– Culver City, CA
X X X Cohort Style Varies Varies
Tarzana Treatment Centers Woodland Hills, CA X X X – Cohort Style