Leading Practices for State Programs
Muslim Communities - Peer Counseling
San Diego Peer Training & Employment
Riverside Peer Employment Training
Tri City MHS Peer Mentor Program
Humboldt County Peer Support, including Parent Partner Program - Scroll down to "Program Examples" on this page.
Papers / Webinars
Peer Support and Lived Experience in Substance Use Treatment and Recovery, Providers Clinical Support System, 2022
Parent Peer Support Specialist Position Paper, United Parents 03.30.2021
Peer Led Recovery Learning Communities:
Expanding Social Integration Opportunities for People with the Lived Experience of Psychiatric Disability and Emotional Distress, Global Journal of Community Psychological Practice, 2019
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The Effectiveness of a Peer-Staffed Crisis Respite Program as an Alternative to Hospitalization, APA, 2018
SAMHSA: Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy, 2018 Peer Support, Peers Supporting Recovery From Mental Health Conditions, Peers Supporting Recovery From Substance Use Disorders, and Family, Parent, and Caregiver Peer Support in Behavioral Health! For more information on peer support services, including core competencies for hiring peer support specialists, click here.
Peer Certification: What are we waiting for?
(2015) California Mental Health Planning Council
Certification of Peer Support Specialists in California: Engaging State-Level Agencies (2014) California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)
Peer Models and Usage in California Behavioral Health and Primary Care Settings Integrated Care Issue Brief: CalMHSA, Integrated Behavioral Health Project (IBHP)
Peer Support Services are Integral to Mental Health Recovery,
Disability Rights California
History of Peer Certification (2016) Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHS(AC)
Peer Respites - CAMHPRO Town Hall, February 23 2022
SB 803 Implementation Information:
Behavioral Health Information Notices
BHIN 22-067 Annual Reporting Requirements for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Programs. Provides the annual reporting requirements for the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Programs. A certification program must make past reports publicly available, either on their website or other public forum.
BHIN 22-066 Extended deadlines for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Grandparenting and Implementation of Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Curriculum. The grandparenting deadline has been extended from December 31, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The three additional areas of specialization (Forensic, Homelessness, and Crisis Services) implementation deadline has been extended from January 1, 2023, to July 1, 2023.
BHIN 22-061 Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Areas of Specialization. Provides guidance regarding the process for Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Programs to add supplemental areas of specialization. Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Programs have made the Parent, Caregiver, and Family Member Peers area of specialization available at program launch and three additional areas of specialization: Forensic, Homelessness, and Crisis Services, will be available by July 1, 2023.
BHIN 22-062 Complaints and Investigations of Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Programs. Outlines the process for investigating complaints regarding Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Programs and implementing corrective action.
DMC-ODS PowerPoint - March 22, 2022
DMC and PSS PowerPoint - April 12, 2022
SMHS and PSS PowerPoint - April 19, 2022
Building Your Behavioral Health Workforce PowerPoint - April 26, 2022
How to Become a Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists PowerPoint - May 10, 2022
Supervision of Med-Cal Peer Support Specialists PowerPoint - May 17, 2022
Peer Support Specialists: Roles and Responsibilities - June 7, 2022
Peer Support Specialists: Areas of Specialization - June 14, 2022
Humboldt County: Peer Support has proven to not only reduce the internalized stigma for clients, but has also had a de-stigmatizing effect for co-workers and community members. With the passing of the MHSA, Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Behavioral Health (BH) programs have explicitly included elements of recovery, wellness, and resiliency-focused peer support. Peers have been active part of service provision teams in mobile outreach and inpatient and outpatient programs. The Hope Center, a peer-run empowerment center, has been supporting clients in their recovery goals since it opened in 2008. DHHS MHSA 2010 Innovation Plan focused on the development of transition age youth (TAY) peer support specialists in the integrated TAY Division. In 2014, DHHS adopted the three-tier classification of Peer Coach I, II, and III. For the first time at DHHS, these job descriptions explicitly recognize the value of lived experience in a service delivery team and provide a career ladder for Peer Coaches. The community planning process determined that the infusion of peer support has shown success in engaging hard to engage clients, and that peer support has been successful at shifting community attitudes and beliefs through modeling resilience and recovery. Thus far in this Innovation Project, six Peer Coaches have been added to the outreach and engagement and housing retention team. They have been very successful in achieving goals for client success and have demonstrated the high value of peer support throughout the behavioral health system. (Pages 31, 32 of 2019/20 MHSA Update)
Parent Partner Program (Humboldt County)
The Parent Partner Program’s vision is to provide support, encouragement, and hope to parents/caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed as they find themselves involved with a challenging and complex child-serving system. Parent partners develop and maintain a practice to increase opportunities for parents/caregivers to receive peer based support services as they encounter these county child-serving systems through strategic selfdisclosure of their lived experiences as parents of a youth with emotional, behavioral, mental health or substance abuse needs. Parent Partners provide support as a peer rather than an expert in the field and help to create conditions for parents/caregivers to feel empowered and confident as they navigate these county systems, making decisions that are best for their family and determining their course of action based on their families’ needs and goals. Parent Partners model effective personal interactions while supporting the development, reconnection and strengthening of natural supports for families. They serve as a mentor to improve parents/caregivers’ confidence and ability to self-advocate for and effectively manage the services and supports for their own family. They empower families to identify their own future vision of what their family can be, what they need most to achieve this future, and how they can use their strengths and culture to get those needs met. The Parent Partner Program employs three full-time and one part-time staff to provide supportive services to parents/caregivers involved in the DHHS system-Public Health, Child Welfare, Probation, and Behavioral Health, along with Humboldt County Office of Education. The most senior Parent Partner completed certification as a Parent Partner Coach through a National Wraparound Implementation Center Affiliate (NWIC), the Family Involvement Center of Arizona. The Certified Parent Partner Coach has also been credentialed by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health as a Certified Parent Support Provider (CPSP). The CPSP credential is to ensure that people employed in this field meet consistent and high standards of performance when helping other parents who have children experiencing social, emotional or behavioral health challenges. Certification promotes ethical practice within the workforce so parents with experience in successfully helping their own children can support parents in their unique journey to make decisions that are best for their families without judgement, bias, or stigmatization. DHHS added a Parent Partner III position to take on more responsibility for training and mentoring staff. This position is currently filled by the Certified Parent Partner Coach. The Certified Parent Partner III Coach attends quality review meetings to represent the family voice with in DHHS policy and program development and implementation activities. We have two vacant full-time and one vacant half-time Parent Partner I/II positions. The County continues to contract with a Part Time Mentor with lived experience and dedicated involvement in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), who teaches Parent Partners “NAMI Basics” and “Family to Family” curriculum to enhance and develop various types of skills and co-facilitate both the peer support groups and the Family Advisory Board. (from 2019/20 MHSA Update, pages 87, 88)