​​​​​​​​​​​​Peer Support Services

In September of 2020, Senate Bill (SB) 803 (Beall, Chapter 150, Statues of 2020) was chaptered, requiring DHCS to seek federal approval to establish Peer Specialist as a provider type and to provide distinct peer support services under the SMHS and DMC-ODS programs. While services provided by peers can currently be claimed under the provider type "other qualified provider" within the SMHS program, and recovery services provided by peers can be claimed within the DMC-ODS programs, DHCS is proposing to add peers as a unique provider type within specific reimbursable services and to allow counties to opt-in to provide this valuable resource. By July 1, 2021, DHCS will determine the peer certification standards in alignment with the provisions SB 803 (Beall, Chapter 150, Statutes of 2020), and in accordance within CMS' guidance, have the new benefit in place by January 1, 2022.

Timeline (Subject to Change)​

​November​Disseminate BHIN 20-056 on funding sources currently available for Peer Support Services
​January​Peer Support Listening Session (see below for details)
​MarchPeer Support Listening Session (see below for details)​
​April​Behavioral Health - Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting
​June - July​Disseminate initial BHIN on Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Standards
​August - December​State technical assistance for Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Standards available to counties - more information to come
​January​Obtain federal approvals for Peer Support Services reimbursement


Behavioral Health Workforce Development Project

DHCS is excited to release a second peer workforce Request for Application (RFA), focused on elevating peer organizations that are either currently operating under a fiscal agent and wish to establish themselves as an independent non-profit organization or are still relatively new as an organization and are looking for supports in their growth. To apply for the Expanding Peer Organization Capacity (EPOC) grant, online applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PT on August 25, 2021. More information can be found at DHCS EPOC RFA.

For more information, join us for an information webinar on July 29, 2021 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. PT to learn more about the EPOC RFA. Register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMudOqorzoiHdZSNNS8KdCI9UlrDBLUt87n


BHIN 21-041 Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Implementation​

Frequently Asked Questions on Peer Support Specialists

BHIN 20-056 Peer Support Services: Available Funding Sources

Senate Bill 803: Mental Health Services: Peer Support Specialist Certification

DRAFT - Medi-Cal Code of Ethics for Peer Support Specialists in California​

Peer Support Specialist Listening Session #1 - Friday, January 22, 2021, 10 a.m. - noon

Peer Support Specialist Listening Session #2 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 1 - 3 p.m.

Peer Support Specialist Listening Session #3 - Monday, June 28, 2021, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Contact Us

Questions and comments may be submitted by email to Peers@dhcs.ca.gov.

This inbox is targeted to questions and comments related to the implementation of SB 803. For general inquiries regarding existing peer support services, trainings, or other resources please contact your local county mental health plan.

Last modified date: 7/23/2021 1:00 PM