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:
- Application of Lived Experience
- Empowerment and Promotion of Recovery
- Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
- Special Populations and Cultural Considerations
- Trauma Informed Care
- Self-Awareness and Self-Care
- Conflict Resolution
- Professional boundaries and ethics
- Safety and Crisis Planning
- Systems and Resource Navigation