Peer Leadership Institute

The Peer Leadership Institute (PLI) is a one-year workforce development project that will serve peer providers in a four-county contiguous region of the Northern San Francisco Bay Area.

Through a contract funded by the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), the PLI will engage individuals with lived experience as consumers, family members, parents and caregivers who are currently employed or are volunteers in the public mental health system in Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma and Napa Counties.


For the past year, I have been working closely with NorCal MHA’s Workforce Integration Support and Education (WISE) program. WISE, which is funded by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), that focuses on helping individuals with lived experience secure and maintain peer employment in California’s public mental health system. In addition, WISE provides free training and technical assistance for employers seeking guidance around hiring, supervising, and supporting peer staff.


Between August 25 and October 3, 2016, WISE is hosting WISE California 2016, five regional conferences – one in each MHSA WET region – for both public mental health system employers and peer support staff/volunteers. These conferences feature targeted breakout sessions, in-depth workgroups, discussion panels, activities, entertainment, and high quality trainings, all of which are uniquely relevant to the work peers perform. Employers will also receive valuable information and resources to help them successfully incorporate peers into existing workplaces.


Central Region - Modesto: August 25

·  LA Region - Los Angeles: September 9

·  Southern Region - Ontario: September 15

·  Superior Region - Redding: September 30

·  Bay Area Region - San Jose: October 3


A flyer for WISE California 2016 is attached. For more information, visit, or register today for the conference closest to you by following this link: Registration is free, and complimentary breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so I strongly encourage you to register today. Please feel free to share this email with anyone who may be interested in attending.

WHEN: APRIL 21-22, 2016

CIBHS is excited to feature our Keynote Speakers Dean Lee Fixsen, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) onApril 21, 2016 and Stanley J. Huey Jr., PhD, Associate Professor, University of Southern California on April 22, 2016


CAMHPRO Annual Consumer Conference 

April 21 -23, 2016
Sacramento, CA

Scholarships Available, apply by April 1st!!


Goals of the Statewide Conference:
- to provide knowledge to behavioral health clients;
- to provide advocacy skills and experience to behavioral health clients;
- to mutually engage consumers and political/policy leaders with each other:
- to enhance statewide and regional networking of clients;
- to work on organizational issues at a membership meeting.

Upcoming Opportunities to Apply for Financial Incentives!!


WISE offers financial assistance to individuals with lived experience working and/or volunteering in the public mental health system, allowing peers to take part in educational, skills-building, and/or internship opportunities where financial constraints would otherwise limit their participation. If you're a peer and have identified a professional development opportunity that you'd like to attend, complete an application for financial assistance right away. You will find the application attached to this email.


If you are interested in applying for a financial incentive to assist your participation in the following upcoming conferences, please apple for a WISE Financial Incentive (Application Attached).


Mentoring and Career Coaching for Peer Staff


Do you ever feel like you don't know where you're going in your career?

Does work seem to be taking over your life?

Is it sometimes difficult dealing with people at work?


WISE offers Peer Staff  one-on-one support, mentoring, and career coaching. Some of the topics we can assist with include:

  • Workplace relationships
  • Work/life balance
  • Barriers to success
  • Moving forward and upward in your career
  • and many more!


We work most of our lives. Creating a plan or roadmap can be very helpful in determining a destination and finding out more about ourselves and who we want to be!


Schedule Your Appointment Today

Stephanie Ramos (best way of contact)


Submissions are now being accepted for the CRISIS issue of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s magazine.

Should your work be featured? It should if you have a success story, innovation, or promising practice to share. For instance, if you:

  • use technology to make your crisis services accessible
  • use technology in a creative way to track or triage crisis situations
  • have a unique collaboration with first responders and other related agencies to connect people in crisis to appropriate care
  • have built a fail-safe infrastructure to respond to crises in your community
  • have tailored your crisis response teams to meet the unique needs of your area

Tell us why your work should be featured in the next issue of the National Council Magazine, releasing in Spring 2016.

Submit your story idea by Monday, Nov. 23 by Noon Eastern. Please send an email to Susan Partain ( with the following information:

  1. Your name and contact information, or the contact information of the person(s) to be interviewed/who will write the article
  2. A 3-4 sentence outline of the community program/service that this story would highlight, including outcomes (can be overall impact to your community or an individual story)
  3. 1-2 sentences on what makes your program/crisis services unique

The National Council magazine is a great opportunity to earn national recognition for the wonderful work you do in your community and for the people in whose lives you make a difference.

Magazine readership includes decision makers — CEOs, administrators, clinicians, board members, individuals in recovery—in 2,500+ addiction mental health care organizations. The magazine is also distributed to federal policymakers and administrative agencies, payers, health care associations, state and local governments and media outlets throughout the U.S. Copies are mailed to National Council member organizations and VIPs, and the complete magazine is shared via web, email, social media and blogs.

View past issues at

The editorial team will review all submissions and notify you byDecember 7 if your idea is selected for inclusion.

If you have questions or wish to discuss further, please contact Susan Partain at


 California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions 

Peer Leadership Institute (PLI) 

Webinar 3: Peer Certification

Webinar Description 

Did you know 35 other states have a special certification for Peer providers? Learn where California is in the process of creating a Peer Provider certification, what it means for peer providers already working in the field, and ways to get involved. 

Funded by the Office of Statewide Planning & Development (OSHPD), the Peer Leadership Institute (PLI) is a one-year project featuring a series of trainings and webinars through June 2016. 


There is no cost to attend the webinar. 

Who Should Attend 

Individuals with lived experience as consumers, family members, parents, and caregivers who are currently employed or volunteers in the public mental health system in Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma and Napa counties & CBOs. Please note only participants in these four counties are eligible. 

For More Information 

Kimberly Mayer, Associate Director, CIBHS 

Registration support, contact: 

Kelly Bitz, Program Support Specialist, CIBHS; (916) 379-5322 


Thursday, September 24, 2015 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT) 

This webinar will be recorded for later viewing at 

Registration Link 


GoToWebinar After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Learning Objectives 

Attendees will learn what Peer Certification is, and the status of this new certification in California. 

Attendees will receive information about what impact certification may have on those already working in the field. 

Attendees will be provided with information on ways to continue to be involved and learn more about Peer Certification in California. 


For information on additional trainings and resources: 


California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (formerly CiMH) 2125 19th Street Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 556-3480 (916) 556-3483

September First Fridays with BRSS TACS:
Career Development for Peer Support Workers

First Fridays with BRSS TACS is a monthly opportunity to meet with nationally recognized leaders to discuss recovery related topics in an open and informal setting. You are invited to join us on Friday September 4, 2015 in a virtual meeting room to hear about Career Development for Peer Support Workers from Tanya Stevens (Director of Peer Services Division, New York Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) and Neil Campbell (Executive Director, Georgia Council on Substance Abuse) and submit your questions live. 

DateFriday, September 4, 2015

TimeNoon ET / 11:00am CT / 10:00am MT / 9:00am PT

Virtual Room Instructions:
On the day of the event please go to this website, enter your name in the box to the right of the word "Name", then click "Enter Room."

Please make sure to turn on your computer speakers to hear the audio. Closed Captioning will also be available.

A brief introduction to consumer and family member driven services in the California public mental health system.

Cultivating a Culture of Inclusion - Accommodations and leave for employees with behavioral health challenges, for employees caring for family members/children with differences, and entitlements for all employees.

WWT produces eLearning and non-eLearning curricula to train both the mental health workforce and employees with lived experience as consumers and/or family members. The links below provide an ability to view the newly developed WWT E-Learning Component, “Consumers in the Mental Health Workforce”, and covers basic concepts related to consumer employment.

CASRA is pleased to announce the availability of its latest toolkit, "Meaningful Roles for Peer Provides in Integrated Healthcare."

The toolkit was developed by CASRA with support from the Integrated Behavioral Health Project and funding from the California Mental Health Services Authority’s (CalMHSA) Statewide Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative.

Download your free copy: