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US. Peer Specialist Training Program

Gain valuable work experience!

The Us Progam is a Peer Specialist Training/On the Job Training program available for ages 18-24 who identify as having lived experience with the process of recovery from mental illness, substance use, or both. The primary goal is to assist participants with placement into a  full-time or part-time paid or volunteer peer position in the public mental health field.


Program Structure

  • All program participants are to go through the WISE U Peer Training Academy scheduled to take place over a 2-week period from August 15 – August 26, 2022.
  • The WISE U Peer Training Academy will be 80 hours long and the hours will be paid at $15.00 per hour. The Cal Voices Wise U Training will be provided through a Learning Management System to accommodate participants’ personal schedules and to alleviate student concerns about COVID-19 exposure. Live review and Q&A will be provided weekly.
  • The Wise U Training Academy Courses include: Recovery 101; Peer Support; Managing Up; Ethics, Boundaries; Group Facilitation; Recovery Planning 101; and Mental Health First Aid.
  • Program graduates will receive a WISE U Training Academy Certificate of Completion.
  • 10 WISE U Training Academy graduates will be placed in a 100-hour Mental Behavioral Heath Public Sector Internship with the Sacramento County Office of Education or Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services and mentored to apply for permanent positions.
  • 20 WISE U Training Academy graduates will be hired by an MBH employer in a 200-hour On-the-Job Training position.
  • All program graduates will be mentored to continue their education in the MBH field and will receive career counseling on education programs and career advancement opportunities.
  • Wise U Peer Training Academy will be 50% In-person training and  50% online training.

Internship Requirements

  • Age 18-24
  • Must be able to complete a 100 hour Internship or a 200 hour On-the Job Training position by May 2023.
  • Have relevant lived experience or have completed a peer specialist training program through a community-based organization
  • Have Right-to-Work documents such as a California Driver’s License and Social Security Card
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered for Selective Service—a requirement for any program supported by Federal funds)

Graduates from a Peer-to-Peer youth training program such as the SETA’s Peers Helping Peers and PRO Youth and Families Mind16 are highly encouraged to apply.