A Peer Support Specialist is a trained paraprofessional with lived experience in the process of recovery from behavioral health conditions and other life challenges who support others with similar struggles.
Peer Specialists assist peers in reaching personal treatment goals, learning to advocate for themselves, learning and practicing new skills, connecting to and obtaining community resources and services, and learning new coping skills. On September 25, 2020, the Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Act of 2020 was signed into law in California. Sterling Solutions is proud to be on the forefront of providing Peer Support Specialist Training and placement in our region. For a schedule of courses and fees please click the button. Scholarships may be available to qualified applicants.
Please click the button below to begin the application process for our 80-hour online Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist training. If you are applying for a scholarship, please be sure to answer ALL questions completely as missing information may delay the processing of your application. Once received and reviewed you will receive a welcome email with next steps and an orientation registration link.
Two weeks prior to the orientation you will receive an email with instructions for completing orientation registration. YOUR MUST COMPLETE REGISTRATION in order to be admitted to the orientation. You will receive a Zoom link with the orientation date and time. There will be two opportunities to attend orientation. If you sign up for but miss the first orientation, please email the training supervisor to make arrangements to attend the second.
Following orientation, you will receive login and password credentials to access the online training. Please login ASAP and begin completing the training modules. You will have about eight weeks to complete all modules.
The next step is career counseling. This step is required for scholarship participants but is optional for self-pay. Career Counseling is approximately two weeks long. In career counseling you will complete an assessment, a resume, and you will develop a career action plan. You will learn about various employment opportunities in behavioral health and how to find and apply for jobs.
We're proud of the hard work our peers do and we celebrate success! That is why for each of our cohorts we conduct a certificate award ceremony. Family and friends are invited! Hold on to your certificates because you will need to provide them when you get ready for the state exam. A replacement certificate may be obtained for a fee of $25.00.
Finally, we assist you in preparing to take the state exam. We refresh what you learned online, preview material likely to be on the exam and even share test-taking strategies that will increase your chances of achieving a passing score. We are here to support you from start to finish because we are committed to your success.