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Cal Voices now offers Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training through its’ WISE U Program which has supported, trained, and provided technical assistance to agencies employing peers and peer providers themselves since 2014.

Cal Voices' Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training meets the training requirement for both the California Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification and the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential.

Cal Voices' full-service peer training program, offers a wide array of career planning and educational opportunities. The program has several components:

  • Training Application

  • Career Counseling

  • Peer Certification Training

  • Field Work Opportunities

  • Placement Assistance - Peer Job Portal

  • Coaching and Support

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree

  • 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

  • Be willing to share your experience

  • Have a strong dedication to recovery

  • Must complete all 80 hours of training

  • Must know why you want to do peer support work within California's public mental health system

Training Delivery

Our peer training certification sessions are designed for flexibility for participants.


Training includes live sessions and independent learning lectures, assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Live sessions are from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm followed by independent learning coursework. Each day totals 8-hours. 

Upcoming Training Sessions

August 2023

August 7 to 18, 2023

Apply today!

Application Process*

  1. Complete and submit the training application

  2. Participate in a mandatory Information Webinar

  3. Attend a Readiness Interview

  4. Complete a background check


*Applications continuously accepted but applicants must apply by the deadline to attend a specific training sessions.

*Acceptance in the training program is not automatic. Applicants will be informed by email whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.

Are you a WISE U Graduate?

Sign up to access the WISE U Peer Job Portal!

Contact Us

Have questions? Need more information?

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Phone: (916) 376-7736 | Email:

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[The] facilitators whole-heartedly believe in the program, personal stories, fun and laughter.

Asian Man

I really enjoyed the entire class. I liked the modules we received each day.

[I liked] the inclusivity and hard work WISE did to keep the training engaging and current, as well as updated and fun!

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WISE (Workforce Integration Support & Education) is a program of Cal Voices, funded by HCAI with dollars from Prop 63 (MHSA)

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