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MediCal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training


In 2009, Painted Brain (PB) began utilizing the arts and training to support people with mental health and substance use challenges.

We are a leader in innovative peer-driven services and training in behavioral health, digital literacy, and the arts.

Our reach and staff are representative of the diverse communities throughout California, including the LGBTQ+, reentry, disability, and ethnically and linguistically diverse communities.

Our peer-run program is a trusted provider of services that has been transforming lives in California for over a decade.


Painted Brain’s MediCal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training program prepares peers to deliver valuable behavioral health support services by covering the required Peer Support Specialist 17 Core Competencies required for MediCal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training through self-reflection, skill building, practice sessions, and guided group exploration.

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    "I just wanted to thank you all for your time and giving me a chance. I passed my exam and it would not have been possible without your help and passion to support peers. Thank you so much. It paid off. I felt well prepared. There was no stone unturned."

    -Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

    "What an amazing experience I had taking the training! I absolutely love Angel Mercado! She really made the training exceptional. Her knowledge, skills, experience and love were felt throughout the course! I miss her! I’m hoping to take additional classes with Painted Brain in the future."

    -Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

    “I'm really impressed with [Painted Brain staff] teaching skills... I selected Painted Brain because county used you guys for some tech training... And I found them not only knowledgeable but kind, helpful and well versed in their own recovery. [Tiffany], Anne, Tristan all seem exactly the same. Whoever hires for Painted Brain seems to have a knack or intuition in who to hire. Using Painted Brain has never lead to disappointment.”

    -Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

    "Thank you for everything. I’ve learned so much so far and am recommending Painted Brain to any peer friends and colleagues.”

    -Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

    Training Method(s): Online only (LMS system plus virtual classroom) 

    Training Modality: Cohort Style 

    Training Length: Varies 

    Registration Dates: Ongoing/Rolling

    Class Start Dates: 

    May 6 – Jun 26
    Monday-Friday 5:30 – 8:30PM | Evenings

    May 14 – Jun 13
    Tuesday & Thursdays 9:00AM – 5:30PM

    Jun 24 – Aug 28
    Monday & Wednesday 9:00AM – 1:30PM

    Jul 2 – Aug 1
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00AM – 3:00PM

    Jul 8 – Aug 8
    Monday-Thursday 5:00 – 9:00PM | Evenings

    Jul 9 – Aug 8
    Tuesday & Thursday 9:00AM – 5:30PM

    Sep 7 – Nov 9
    Saturdays 9:00AM – 5:30PM

    To Register for Classes or for More Information:

    Contact Person:
    Tiffany Elliott, Training Program Manager 

    Phone: (213) 297-1513


    (Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)



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