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REGISTRATION OPEN!

NAMI California is now accepting registration for CALMHSA scholarship recipients.

  • Registration Date(s):

    • Cohort one registration date: 10/20/2022 – 11/22/2022
    • Cohort two registration date: 10/20/2022 – 12/27/2022

     

  • Class Start Date(s): 
    • Cohort one: 11/30/2022 – 12/16/2022
    • Cohort two: 01/4/2023 – 01/23/2023 [No class January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day]

Please read below for more information about the trainings 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:

  • 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 a peer support specialist.
  • 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 trainings.

Apply for Scholarship

Process Instructions of Initial Certification (Training required)

Grandparenting Process Instructions

Contacts

Director of Programs: Tory Martinez, tory@namica.org

Program Coordinator: Rebecca Kim, rebecca@namica.org

Community Engagement Team: communityengagemant@namica.org 

Trainers: TBD