Evidence for Peer Positions (2020) New Policy Positions Document

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Evidence for Peer Positions (2020) This document provides 4 detailed examples of fact-based evidence for Peer Support Specialists and the kind of work that’s available.

    1. Forced treatment is coercive, has poorer results, higher costs and drives some consumers away from the MH system compared to voluntary community-based services.
    2. Peer Support is recognized by the U.S. Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) as an evidenced based model of care
    3. Peer Respites show statistically significant improvements in healing, empowerment, and satisfaction. Average psychiatric hospital costs were $1,057 for respite-users compared with $3,187 for non-users
    4. Individual Placement & Supports (IPS) Supported Employment with Peer Specialists Research from around the world, finds that overall IPS is more effective than other vocational rehabilitation services at providing competitive employment.

Hiring a Fund Developer (Due Aug. 19)

Part Time Contract Position
Time Frame: One year, which could be extended
Expected Start Date: September 1, 2019

Position Description
The Fund Developer is responsible for seeking and securing funds for CAMHPRO, working with a team of individuals to develop and coordinate donor solicitations, product sales, write grant applications and other requests for funding, and explore other sources of funding.

Agency Description
The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a nonprofit statewide organization consisting of local consumer-run organizations/programs reaching thousands of mental health consumers who participate in these programs and individual consumers.  CAMHPRO’s mission is to transform communities and the behavioral health care system throughout California to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination for all those affected by mental health issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Assists in helping CAMHPRO in the development of fundraising goals and works to meet these goals.
  • Identifies and solicits new donors; and, in general, donations in the form of money or gifts,
  • Makes initial prospecting calls to pre-approved foundations to gain knowledge and initiate relationships
  • Assists in writing grant proposals and responding to other opportunities for funding
  • Takes responsibility for product sales, including identifying the products and the market for the products.
  • Participates in gathering information or statistics for grant proposals and letters when needed
  • Proofreads proposals and grant applications
  • Supports calendar for deadline reminders with regard to impact reports, grant applications, other fund development-related requests and requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Prefer person with lived experience with a mental health challenge
  • Understand and share consumer values of recovery and self-determination promoted by CAMHPRO
  • Shows familiarity with all aspects of the behavioral health environment, particularly in finance and marketing.
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills for the purpose of earning money for the organization
  • Superior writing skills and familiarity with foundations, government and other potential resources for funding.
  • Possesses interpersonal skills that allow him or her to interact with potential donors and the general public.
  • Demonstrates creativity in coming up with funding opportunities and executing events successfully.
  • Possesses the ability to work well with limited or direct supervision.

Education and Experience:
A High School Diploma with seven years’ experience as a grant writer. Associates Degree in with 5 years of experience; Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience necessary.

The anticipated compensation is $25,000 annually.

Application due August 19, 2019.
Email resume and description of why you would be an excellent candidate sallyzinman@gmail.com





SB 10 passed on the Senate Floor 38-0!

AYES:  Pan, Stone, Durazo, Grove, Hurtado, Leyva, Mitchell, Monning, Rubio

AYES:  Portantino, Bates, Bradford, Hill, Jones, Wieckowski

SUBJECT:  Mental health services:  peer support specialist certification

SOURCE:    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Steinberg Institute


This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish a program for certifying peer support specialists; requires DHCS to amend its Medicaid state plan and to seek any federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the certification program; and permits DHCS to implement, interpret, and make specific the certification program through available means, as specified, until regulations are adopted.

Senate Floor_5-21-19
Office of Senate Floor Analyses
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CAMHPRO Seeks Talented, Diverse Peers for Part-Time Positions

#1 Qualification: To be a person with personal lived experience of behavioral health (mental health &/or substance use/abuse) challenges in recovery

  • The positions are very part-time, at 5 hours per week, and are independent contractor positions, paying $20/hour.
  • Cover letter and resumes accepted by Executive Director, Sally Zinman, at sallyzinman@gmail.com until May 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
  • Positions will begin no later than the end of June, 2019.
If you are interested in applying, please review the Job Descriptions and Qualification by clicking on the Job Title below

Outreach Administrative Apprentice 
The Outreach Administrative Apprentice is primarily responsible for assisting with outreach to engage diverse groups and individuals in Peer Action League activities, and general administrative support.

Cultural Diversity Coordinator
The Cultural Diversity Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing activities of CAMHPRO’s Peer Action League (PAL) Cultural Racial Ethnic Equity Committee and administrative support to PAL

Public Policy Coordinator

The Public Policy Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing activities of CAMHPRO’s Peer Action League (PAL) Public Policy Committee and administrative support to PAL.