Mission

WISE U is a peer-education program of Cal Voices funded by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), formerly the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) with dollars from Prop 63 or the MHSA, our goal is simple:  We make Peer Training our number one priority.

Not only do we support, train, and place peers in hopes of ensuring a client and family driven Public Mental Health System, but we also help employers recruit and retain consumer, TAY, parent/caregiver, and family member staff through genuine workforce integration.

Program

WISE U is an 80-hour interactive peer training and placement assistance program. It's designed to increase the peer workforce and aid in the development of peer support services already within substance-use disorder and mental health service settings. The primary goal is to assist WISE U participants with placement into a  full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer peer position in the public mental health field.

WISE U is an approved training program for California's Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification program and the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) Credential

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS​

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent degree

  • Self-identify as having experience with the process of recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, either as a consumer of these services or as the parent, caregiver or family member of a consumer

  • Be willing to share your experience

  • Have a strong dedication to recovery

  • Must be able to complete all 80 hours of training

  • Must know why you want to do peer support work within California's public mental health system

UPCOMING TRAINING COHORTS​

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OCTOBER 2022

OCTOBER 3 -17, 2022

 

DECEMBER 2022

DECEMBER 5 - 16, 2022

Training content is delivered 50% Live and 50% Pre-Recorded

Live training takes place Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM via Zoom

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WISE U 

Cal Voices' WISE University is an 80 hour peer training program  designed to aid in the development of peer support services and increase the peer workforce within substance-use and mental health service settings.

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Resources

Peer resources including WISE Wednesday webinars, WISE e-learnings, Cal Voices peer support podcast, and peer and employer resources including downloadable links, and region-based local resources.

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Peer Job Portal

WISE U have access to a Peer Job Portal, and Peer Job Resources. 
The Peer Job Portal includes new peer positions throughout California.
The Peer Job Resource List includes a Peer Job position placement quiz, along with interview, resume, and cover-letter tips and tricks.

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