California Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training

Register to get California Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist now!

Parents Anonymous® is pleased to announce that we have been approved by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) to offer Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification training. This training will prepare you to take the California State Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Examination to become a California Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist. REGISTER HERE

Parents Anonymous® is looking forward to having you join one of these classes which are provided on Zoom for 80 hours, that help you learn the requirements and practices of a Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist while preparing for the state Certification Examination. We also understand the many barriers to achieving peer support specialist training, certification, and employment. Please feel free to review this webpage or contact us about the schedule, scholarships, participation requirements, and employment as a Peer Support Specialist at training@parentsanonymous.org or call/text 909-515-8930. To review the Parents Anonymous® Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Policies Please Click Here.

Why You Should Seriously Consider Becoming a California Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist

Today, many governmental, health care, and community-based organizations are seeking the assistance of Peer Support Specialists. The statewide certification of Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists will allow these organizations to find a new way to pay for the needed services of Peer Support Specialists. Most organizations have not even been able to enlist the services of Peer Support Specialists because they couldn’t find a way to pay for it. Now, Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists can be charged directly to Medi-Cal. This is going to increase the demand for Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists across many governmental, health care, and community-based organizations around the state. We are recruiting employed or volunteer Peer Support Specialists to come to training, receive support for the state certification exam and foster career development.

Parents Anonymous® Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training will give you what you need to successfully understand your role and responsibilities, as well as what you need to pass the Certification Examination administered by the state. The training is delivered through Zoom. So, you can complete it at home on the sofa or at work at your desk. REGISTER HERE

Tuition & Schedule

Course tuition is $2,500 and is not charged until this application for Registration is approved.  If your organization will be paying for your training, please enter your organization’s information as well. Payment may be made by credit or debit card after registration is approved. Organizations sending multiple participants can be invoiced.  We can customize a training schedule to accommodate a group of staff members that meet your needs.

Parents Anonymous® has scholarships that pay the full tuition and the test fees. We also offer job placement assistance with supportive services.

Please contact us for more information on scholarships and job placement at training@parentsanonymous.org or 909-515-8930. REGISTER HERE 

Parents Anonymous® Inc.  Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training 80 Hours on Zoom
TimeframeDaysHoursLocation
4 – WeeksMonday through Friday8:00am to 12:00pmOnline
4 – WeeksMonday through Friday12:00pm to 4:00pmOnline
4 – WeeksMonday through Friday5:00pm to 9:00pmOnline
2 – WeeksMonday through Friday8:30am to 5:00pmOnline
Custom*Monday through FridayDetermined by OrganizationOnline, In-person, or Hybrid
*Organizations with 10+ people to be trained at the same time –
For more information, call (909) 515-8930

What’s Required

The Parents Anonymous® Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training is 80 hours long as required by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). To view all  requirements for the Medi-Cal Peer Support  Specialist Certification Click HereThe training includes all 17 competencies required by DHCS:

  1. The concepts of hope, recovery, and wellness
  2. The role of advocacy
  3. The role of consumers and family members
  4. Psychiatric rehabilitation skills and service delivery, and addiction recovery principles, including defined practices
  5. Cultural and structural competence trainings
  6. Trauma-informed care
  7. Group facilitation skills
  8. Self-awareness and self-care
  9. Co-occurring disorders of mental health and substance use
  10. Conflict resolution
  11. Professional boundaries and ethics
  12. Preparation for employment opportunities, including study and test-taking skills, application, and resume preparation, interviewing, and other potential requirements for employment
  13. Safety and crisis planning
  14. Navigation of and referral to, other services
  15. Documentation skills and standards
  16. Confidentiality
  17. Digital literacy

DCHS   defines  a  “Medi-Cal  Peer  Support  Specialist” as  an  individual  who   is 18  years  of  age   or  older,  who  has  self-identified  as having lived experience with  the  process  of  recovery  from  mental  illness,  substance use disorder,  or both,  either as  a consumer of  these services or as a parent  or family  member of  the consumer,  and who has  been granted certification under a county  Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist certification program. In addition, you will need to show you have completed a high school diploma or GED. You will need to provide a valid ID or drivers license. If this is a barrier, Parents Anonymous® will work with you to the best of our ability to help you get qualified. For more information on the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist certification program REGISTER HERE.

Thank You  for considering Parents Anonymous® to complete your Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training! We would be honored to have you train with us to get certified. Furthermore, we will work with you to the best of our ability to help you overcome barriers to getting certified and, if qualified, help you find employment. Feel free to contact us by email at training@parentsanonymous.org or call or text at (909) 515-8930. REGISTER HERE