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California Behavioral Health Programs: Peer Personnel Training and Placement

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

California Department of Health Care Access and Information
Mar 30, 2023



This program offers grants to provide training and placement of peer personnel in California. Awardees must provide training to peer personnel that meets the 80-hour training requirements under the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program. Peer personnel can be individuals with lived experience in mental/behavioral health services as a consumer, family member, and/or caregiver.

The proposed program must contain all of the required components:

  • Recruitment and outreach
  • Career counseling
  • Training
  • Placement
  • Post-placement support
  • Evaluation
  • Financial assistance as necessary

Programs are expected to target populations in underserved, unserved, and/or inappropriately served communities.


Eligible applicants include:

  • Counties
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • Educational institutions
  • Training organizations
  • A group of organizations listed above with one organization identified as the fiscal sponsor

All applicants must be able to:

  • Identify peer personnel needs
  • Identify partner educational institution(s) and/or training organization(s)
  • Provide training that prepares peer personnel to qualify for and obtain placement
  • Provide support that will ensure peer personnel retain placement
  • Demonstrate experience in training and supporting individuals with lived experiences as consumers, family members, and caregivers
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $1,000,000 per award.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Mental health · California

Organizations (1)

  • California Department of Health Care Access and Information, view details

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