Training for Unhoused Services

Peer support services for people who are unhoused can complement clinical services and help individuals who are unhoused or may become unhoused.

Individuals and/or families may have unique behavioral health challenges and/or co-conditions.  Peer support specialists with experience being unsheltered or unhoused offer a unique perspective in supporting others meet their needs, including behavioral health, housing support, and health conditions.  

Additional hours of learning will be implemented for Medi-Cal Peers Support Specialist to specialize working with the Unhoused.  Training will focus on the following competencies:

  1.  Application of Lived Experience
  2. Empowerment and Promotion of Recovery
  3. Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  4. Special Populations and Cultural Considerations
  5. Trauma Informed Care
  6. Self-Awareness and Self-Care
  7. Conflict Resolution
  8. Professional boundaries and ethics
  9. Safety and Crisis Planning
  10. Systems and Resource Navigation