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Resources for Peer Support Specialists

Peer Support Specialist Resources

Peer Support Specialists grow and learn in their role. Both SAMHSA and DHCS have both identified growth and development as a core competencies for Peer Support Specialists. Below is a collection of materials and resources to support peer support professionals in their work.

WISE Peer Toolkit for Workplace Success

Provides individuals with lived experience valuable employment and career resources.


The toolkit includes:

  • information about tools, resources, best practices and workplace support.

  • practice guidelines and real-world direction for peers working, or considering working in the public mental health system

WISE Consumer Advocate Liaison Practice Manual

This Manual provides a historical context of the role that Consumer Advocate Liaisons play in the Public Mental Health System. It also provides an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities they bring. Readers will find tools and tips on how to strengthen these vital positions in local mental health systems (counties) across California.

Peer Certification

Behavioral health peer professionals now have the option to become Nationally Certified and/or become a Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist in California. WISE U is certified to train peers for both certifications.

California Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification

Senate Bill (SB) 803 created a new provider and service type eligible for Medi-Cal reimbursement through the county mental health and behavioral health plans. Now current and future, behavioral health peer professionals can seek certification to become a Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist for Medi-Cal members. Want to Learn More about Peer Certification in California? Check out our Peer Certification page for links to all you need to know

National Certified Peer Specialist Credential

The National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential supports peers in demonstrating their expertise, leading to better wages, more opportunities in public and private behavioral health, and career ladders. The NCPS credential is an advanced credential that recognizes peers who have extensive experience and a large knowledge base that sets them apart.

Professional Associations

A professional association is a group that usually seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals and organisations engaged in that profession, and the public interest.

California Association of Peer Professionals (CAPP)

CAPP is California's first peer professional membership program for both certified and non-certified behavioral health peer professionals. Join CAPP today to recieve access to peer training and professional development activities. CAPP members also enjoy networking events, convenings, conferences and employment support. 

National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS)

N.A.P.S. is a community where peer supporters work together to learn, grow, and advocate for the profession. N.A.P.S members enjoy free educational webinars, learning communities, a job board, a national peer support database and exclusive access to a number of growing discounts. 

Contact Us

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WISE University is funded by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) through the voter approved Mental Health Service Act (MHSA)

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