Peer Support Certification Scholarships


Posted: August 09, 2022

Peer Support Certification Scholarships Available

Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist certification is here! The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) offers scholarship opportunities, through CalMHSA, for peers who wish to become certified as Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists. Sonoma County is now collecting names of local peers who wish to apply for certification scholarships. The scholarships cover the cost of application, training and examination. Although individuals can apply for certification on their own, DHCS/CalMHSA scholarships are only available through this process.

To meet the DHCS definition of a peer, the individual must “identify as having experience in the process of recovery from mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services, either as a parent, caregiver or family member of a consumer” and must “be willing to share their experience as a person with lived experience and recovery to help others”. To meet certification requirements, the peer must also be at least 18 years old; have a high school diploma, GED or college diploma; agree to adhere to the Medi-Cal Code of Ethics for Peer Support Specialists; and pass the state exam.

CalMHSA’s Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification website has more information about California’s work on peer certification and scholarship details.

If you live, work, or volunteer in Sonoma County and would like to apply for a certification scholarship, please contact Lisa Nosal at [email protected] for more information. The deadline to apply for a fellowship is September 16, 2022 and peers who receive a fellowship must register for the exam by November 30, 2022.

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