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California Association of Peer Supporters Academy

The California Association of Peer Supporters Academy ( is built on the foundation of one of the oldest and best Peer Trainings in California.

Our training prepares those who identify as peers for roles in the public mental health system as employees or volunteers able to support individuals on their road to recovery through intentional and skillful use of lived experience.

CAPS Academy is a CalMHSA approved vendor under the lead agency of Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF). CAPS Academy is a statewide partnership of three agencies that have decades of experience training peers to enter the workforce. The partner agencies are MHA-SF, PRPSN, and MHA-CA.

This training includes classroom instruction, 80 hours, currently via Zoom.

During the training, participants will learn:

  • The Concepts of Hope, Recovery & Wellness
  • Confidentiality
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Crisis & Safety Planning
  • Cultural & Structural Competence
  • Digital Literacy
  • Documentation
  • Effective Peer Support
  • Employment Services
  • Group Facilitation Skills
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • System Navigation & Referrals
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • The Role of Advocacy
  • The Role of Consumers & Family Members
  • Self-Disclosure in the Workplace
  • Self-Care & Self-Awareness
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Welcoming: The Great Equalizer

Who Can participate?

Those who identify as a Peer in recovery who are age 18 or older and who have personal lived experience with a mental illness, addiction, justice involvement and/or a close family member with lived experience. 


  • Training participants must commit to attending and actively participating in 80 hours of training. 
  • Training participants must have the technical capability and make a commitment to participate on camera during Zoom virtual classroom sessions.
  • Training participants must have the heart and passion to assist others on their journey.
  • Training participants must have access to a computer or laptop and stable internet connection

Ideal Candidates: 

  • Are planning to take the Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Exam.
  • Have Basic Digital Literacy skills that enables participation in the Online Courses.
  • Have access to a computer or laptop and stable internet connection.
  • Act as an agent on their own behalf.
  • Will positively contribute to the class as a learning community.
  • Can commit to the entire duration of the program.
  • Can create a distraction free learning environment remotely, that enables them to be fully present and engaged.


The CAPS Academy is currently accepting applications for our June Cohort.  All applicants are required to take a digital literacy assessment test. Go to Click on take assessment under Test Your Digital Literacy. Once you receive your test score, please attach it. A passing score is 85% or above. You can take the test as many times as you'd like before submitting your score. 

To apply to CAPS Academy, please click here.

If you are interested in attending CAPS virtually on a Saturday, please email Georgie Sullivan at

For questions or to learn more information about the training, contact:
Georgie Sullivan
, Training Assistant. (323) 772-9732

For questions or to learn more information about the training, contact:

Georgie Sullivan, Training Assistant Cell: (323) 772-9732 E-mail:

To learn more information about the California Peer Certification process, go to: