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REGISTRATION OPEN!

NAMI California is now accepting registration applications for CALMHSA scholarship recipients.

Training Information

  • Training Method: Online only, using Zoom
  • Training Modality: Cohort style (60 individuals)
  • Training Length: 13 days or 2.5 weeks
  • Training Hours: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Training Days: Monday – Friday

 

Cohort Dates:

  • Cohort 14: January 22, 2024 – February 7, 2024
  • Cohort 15: February 21, 2024 – March 8, 2024
  • Cohort 16: March 18, 2024 – April 4, 2024
  • Cohort 17: April 17, 2024 – May 3, 2024
  • Cohort 18: May 13, 2024 – May 30, 2024 [No Class Memorial Day, May 27]
  • Cohort 19: June 10, 2024 – June 27, 2024 [No Class Juneteenth, June 19]
  • Cohort 20: July 10, 2024 – July 26, 2024
  • Cohort 21: August 7, 2024 – August 23, 2024
  • Cohort 22: September 4, 2024 – September 20, 2024
  • Cohort 23: October 9, 2024 – October 25, 2024
  • Cohort 24: November 4, 2024 – November 21, 2024 [No Class Veterans Day, November 11]

 

Cohort Registration Dates (for CalMHSA Scholarship Recipients Only):

  • Registration for the cohorts above will begin December 4, 2023. Registration for each cohort will end 3 days before the cohort start date.

Please read below for more information about the training, training programs, and requirements.

About the Training:

The NAMI CA Medi-cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Webinar, approved by CALMHSA, is devoted to providing individuals peer to peer education and support to those who self-identify as having experience with the process of recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent, caregiver, or family member of a consumer with a mental health condition. This serves as a pathway to employment/volunteer positions within the public mental health system, after subsequently taking and passing the Medi-cal Peer Support Specialist Certification exam.

Participants learn behavioral health skills covering the 17 Peer Specialist core competencies as identified by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Topics covered include the recovery model, communication skills, trauma-Informed care, cultural competency, Medi-cal code of ethics and more. Those who complete the 80-hour training will receive a certificate of completion that will be submitted in their application to sit for the Medi-cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Exam.

Who is Eligible?

Requirements for training:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree.
  • Be self-identified as having experience with the process of recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent, caregiver or family member of a consumer.
  • Be willing to share their experience.
  • Have a strong dedication to recovery.
  • Agree, in writing, to adhere to the Code of Ethics.
  • Successfully complete the training requirements for the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification
  • Have access and ability to utilize computer, laptop, and internet connection.
  • Must be able to commit and actively participate in the entire 80 hour live online training sessions.

CalMHSA Scholarship Program, (California Mental Health Services Authority)

Through the CalMHSA Scholarship Program, you can take the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training with NAMI California. Once you have completed training and received your certificate of completion, you will be able to upload your certificate to the CalMHSA certification application and register for the certification exam. If you have a CalMHSA-approved scholarship, and a unique scholarship ID number provided by CalMHSA, please fill out the registration form below by clicking on the button*.

*Only register if you have a scholarship through CalMHSA.

HCAI Peer Training and Placement Program, (Health Care Access and Information)

Through the HCAI Peer Training and Placement Program, you can take the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training with NAMI California. Once you have completed training and received your certificate of completion, you will be provided with career counseling and job placement support, either as a volunteer or as an employee with a paid position, within your local Public Mental Health System. NAMI California is working in partnership with 5 local affiliates to provide these services.

If you are interested in the HCAI Peer Training and Placement Program, please contact the NAMI Affiliate that is overseeing your county to begin the enrollment process.

 

Lead NAMI Affiliate NAMI San Joaquin NAMI Contra Costa NAMI Mt. San Jacinto NAMI Greater Los Angeles NAMI San Diego
Region Central & Superior Region Bay Area & Superior Region Southern Region Southern Region Southern Region
County Central: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter-Yuba (Joint Powers), Tulare, Tuolumne, and Yolo

Superior: Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen, Modoc, Butte, Tehama, Shasta

Central: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma, and City of Berkeley

Superior: Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou, and Trinity

Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura, and Tri-City (Pomona, Claremont, La Verne) County of Los Angeles San Diego & Imperial Counties

 

Affiliate Contact Information:

NAMI Contra Costa

Official Contact: Philip H Arnold Jr

⮞ NAMI Mt. San Jacinto

Official Contact: Brenda Scott

⮞NAMI San Joaquin

Official Contact: Mary Fields

  • Email: marysjcnami@outlook.com
  • Phone Number: (916) 595 – 3881

⮞NAMI Greater Los Angeles

  • Email: ymiranda@namiglac.org
  • Phone:  310-308-5360

⮞NAMI San Diego & Imperial Counties *Please visit NAMI San Diego and Imperial Counties’ website for specific training information and cohort dates/times since their schedule differs from NAMI California

Official Contact: Ingrid Alvarez-Ron

HCAI Youth Peer Training and Placement Program, (Health Care Access and Information)

This program is exclusively for youth (16-25 years old) with a mental health condition and for family members/caregivers of youth with a mental health condition, who wish to take NAMI California’s Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training. After completing the training and receiving a certificate of completion, a partnered NAMI affiliate will provide career counseling and job placement support, either as a volunteer or as an employee with a paid position, within the Public Mental Health System. NAMI California is working in partnership with 5 local affiliates to provide these services.

If you are interested in the HCAI Youth Peer Training and Placement Program, contact the NAMI Affiliate overseeing your county to begin enrollment.

 

 

Lead NAMI Affiliate NAMI Kern NAMI Urban LA NAMI Greater Los Angeles County NAMI San Diego and Imperial Counties
 Region Southern Region Southern Region Southern Region Southern Region
County/ Service Area Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura County Metro LA, South LA, West LA, & Antelope Valley San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, East LA, & South Bay Harbor San Diego & Imperial Counties

 

Affiliate Contact Information:

⮞NAMI Kern

Official Contact: Sharon Woolfolk

⮞NAMI Greater Los Angeles County

Official Contact: Yvonne Miranda

  • Email: ymiranda@namiglac.org
  • Phone: 310-308-5360

⮞NAMI Urban LA

Official Contact: Laneay London

⮞NAMI San Diego and Imperial Counties

Official Contact: Ingrid Alvarez

Contacts

  • Peer Workforce Manager: Rebecca Kim
    • Email: rebecca@namica.org
    • If you have any questions regarding the CalMHSA Scholarship Program, please contact Rebecca Kim by email.
  • Community Engagement Program Coordinator: Cithlaly Lopez
    • Email: cithlaly@namica.org
    • If you have any questions regarding the HCAI Peer Training and Placement Program, please contact Cithlaly Lopez by email.