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Peer Certification Update

Peer Certification Update | CAMHPRO

It has been two years since the passing of Senate Bill 803, and more than a year since CAMHPRO started the Peer Empowerment Partnership (PEP) to assist in peer involvement in the rollout of California’s first certification program for Peer Support Specialists.

As we head into 2023, we expect to see the first Peer Support Specialists certified. We will also soon see the opening up of training for areas of specialization. Our PEP team and CAMHPRO leaders have been at the table, giving input from the peer community every step of the way alongside advocates from other statewide peer organizations, such as CalVoices and Disability Rights California.

We want to continue to hear from you as we turn the page into the next chapter of peer certification in California. Your voice ALWAYS matters!

Here are several opportunities to get involved:


SB803 101: Please join the discussion at our monthly SB803 101 Webinar, the first Thursday of each month at noon. We will be reviewing the facts and providing updates as they roll out. We also will be documenting your input to give back to the state agencies responsible for implementing the certification process.

Substance Use Peer Advisory Group: We are also revamping our Substance Use Peer Advisory Group! We will be posting updates with NEW date and time, as well as a new focus toward inclusion and incorporation into the peer certification process.

Surveys: Results from our recent survey about the pre-exam experience will be available on our website soon. We will be starting another follow-up survey in January.

Ongoing Training and Support: The PEP trainers are continuing to support peers with the certification process, hosting exam-preparation and study support groups in each region, as well as providing personalized training and support for anyone seeking information on peer certification. See our CAMHPRO Event Calendar for times, dates, and links.

Community Collaboration: CAMHPRO will continue to advocate for peer involvement in the rollout of peer certification as part of the new Legislative Subcommittee of the CAMHPRO Public Policy Committee. Also, we will continue working with our coalition partners in Peers Advocating for Rights and Recovery (PARR) and will be helping with an upcoming Town Hall event on the topic of peer certification.

As much as ever, we uphold the values and work of our founder Sally Zinman and the statement of the Peer Movement, “Nothing About Us Without Us.” Peer Certification was started by the peer community and we need to continue to be the leading voice in every step of its implementation.

Published on: 11/29/2022

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The Coldest Night Ever

The Coldest Night Ever | CAMHPRO

**Warning - this article may be triggering.**

As I think about my coldest night, shivers run down my spine. I will never forget the rainy night of December 26, 2002, while incarcerated at Central California's Womens facility. I was escorted in shackles to Administrative Segregation, also known as "The Hole". After my experience, I understand how it gained its name because no matter which institution, it's a "DEEP DARK HOLE".

Published on: 11/28/2022   |  Category:  Articles

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Global Peer Support Celebration Day

Global Peer Support Celebration Day | CAMHPRO

Have you celebrated Peer Support Specialists or other peers today? Global Peer Support Celebration Day is Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Started by the National Association of Peer Supporters (NAPS) in 2014, this is the 8th annual event that happens every third Thursday in October.

Published on: 10/19/2022   |  Category:  Articles

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Expanding our online footprint

Expanding our online footprint | CAMHPRO

Welcome to month two of our newly revised monthly newsletter! The interactive newsletter tied to our website is one of many updates and changes we are making at CAMHPRO. We hope to continue Sally’s (our founder’s) legacy and vision advocating for peers and a mental health system without forced treatment by maintaining the level of programs CAMHPRO has offered so far.

Published on: 10/04/2022   |  Category:  Press Release

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LEAD Program Advocacy Projects

LEAD Program Advocacy Projects | CAMHPRO

An important component of the LEAD Program is creating on-going advocacy work which is generated through community participation in local Listening Sessions and Summit. We are happy and excited to report on the work of our year one advocacy partner organizations which are continuing projects and programs inspired by the LEAD activities and outcomes.

Published on: 08/30/2022   |  Category:  Articles

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You Never Expect a Hero to Die

You Never Expect a Hero to Die | CAMHPRO

Sally Zinman, a pioneer in the mental health Peer Movement, is a superhero to many in California and across the United States. She is the founding director of CAMHPRO and the guiding force behind its advocacy and structure since the nonprofit was formed some 10 years ago. Sally has worked for 45 years for inclusion of people with lived experience in every aspect of mental health programs and services.

Published on: 08/30/2022   |  Category:  Articles

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