November 13, 2020
Behavioral Health Information Notice
Peer Support Services
PURPOSE: The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is issuing this Behavioral Health Information Notice (BHIN) to clarify available funding sources and permissible expenditures for peer support services.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services State Medicaid Directors Letter #07-011
DHCS Information Notice 18-056
DHCS Information Notice 17-040
Contact : MHSA@dhcs.ca.gov for questions. Marlies Perez, Chief Community Services Division
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not collect data specifically on peer support specialists. Instead, it counts them among community health workers, of which 51,900 were employed in May 2016. The median annual wage for these workers was $37,330 in May 2016, about the same as the median annual wage of $37,040 for all workers.
Sponsor of SB 803 Passed Sept 25 2020
SB 10 2019 Vetoed
SB 906 2018 vetoed
Co- Sponsor of the bill
Policy group of CAMHPRO
Contact: Andrea Wagner
‘I was looking for someone like me’ – Is peer counseling the answer
BY JOCELYN WIENER SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
" Advocates say that, because there is no formal certification process for peers in California, organizations that serve people with mental illness here often have no way of billing Medi-Cal for many of the services peers provide.
They also worry about a lack of uniform training, with significant variation among counties on what it takes to be a peer provider...."
Elia Gallardo Director of Governmental Affairs
Michelle Doty Cabrera, Executive Director
The California Behavioral Health Planning Council (CBHPC) is a majority Consumer and Family member advisory body to state and local government, the Legislature, and residents of California on mental health services in California.
Improving outcomes by fostering hope and empowering recovery
Our industry-leading peer services help people transition from treatment to daily life, build resiliency and reduce the need for readmission