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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.


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


  • 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




December 5 - 16, 2022

Training Calendar

Apply by 11/13/2022


February  6 - 21

(No class 2/13 or 2/20)

Training Calendar


Training includes live sessions, pre-recorded content, assignments, quizzes, and exams.

Live trainings occur between 9:00am - 2:00pm.

Pre-recorded work after the live sessions includes videos and assignments. Each day totals 8-hours.


All pre-recorded videos and assignments must be completed by 11:59pm each day to be considered on time.



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.

Virtual Team Meeting


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.


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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