CSAC Bulletin Article

Peer Support Specialist Supervisor Training Available Online

March 9, 2023

The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) has made its Peer Support Specialist Supervisor training available online. The course is an hour-long, self-paced online training resource on CalMHSA’s learning management system.

Per the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) Behavioral Health Information Notice (BHIN) 22-018, Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Supervisors must take a DHCS-approved peer support supervisory training, such as CalMHSA’s training, within 60 days of beginning to supervise Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists. Individuals who meet all eligibility requirements per BHIN 22-018 and complete the course will receive their supervisor training certification.

DHCS launched the Medi-Cal Peer Support Services benefit in July 2022, in compliance with Senate Bill 803 (Chapter 150, Statutes of 2020), which required DHCS to seek federal approval to establish Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists as a provider type and to provide distinct Medi-Cal Peer Support Services under the Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) programs. Following federal approval, DHCS added Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists (Peers) as a unique provider type within specific reimbursable services. Counties can voluntarily opt-in to provide this resource in one or both delivery systems (SMHS, and DMC or DMC-ODS). According to DHCS, as of January 2023, 47 counties include Medi-Cal Peer Support Services as a benefit in one or both of their delivery systems.

For more information about Peer Support Specialist supervision, please see the Peer Support Services FAQs page. For more information about CalMHSA’s supervisory training, please visit CalMHSA’s Peer Certification Supervisor Training page here.


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