Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification

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