The experience with the criminal justice system can impact an individual’s life in many ways and it is best understood by individuals who have similar lived experience. Peers may support individuals by linking to services that address behavioral health needs and preventing further involvement in the criminal justice systems, easing reentry into their community after incarceration.

Painted Brain’s Peer Services for Justice Involved Specialization Training provides additional training that builds on the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Certified Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialists through self-reflection, skill building, practice sessions, and guided group exploration.


As an Approved Vendor, Painted Brain knows the importance of education. PB’s 40-hour cohort-style training covers the 12 Core Competencies required for Specialization in Peer Services for Justice Involved, including: Engagement Skills and Interventions, Cultural Responsiveness, Professional Boundaries and Ethics, Community Reintegration Support, Recidivism Risk Factors and more.


In 2009, Painted Brain (PB) began utilizing the arts and training to support people with mental health and substance use challenges. We are a leader in innovative peer-driven services and training in behavioral health, digital literacy, and the arts. Our reach and staff are representative of the diverse communities throughout California, including the LGBTQ+, reentry, disability, and ethnically and linguistically diverse communities. Our peer-run program is a trusted provider of services that has been transforming lives in California for over a decade.

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"I just wanted to thank you all for your time and giving me a chance. I passed my exam and it would not have been possible without your help and passion to support peers. Thank you so much. It paid off. I felt well prepared. There was no stone unturned."

-Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

"What an amazing experience I had taking the training! I absolutely love Angel Mercado! She really made the training exceptional. Her knowledge, skills, experience and love were felt throughout the course! I miss her! I’m hoping to take additional classes with Painted Brain in the future."

-Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

“I'm really impressed with [Painted Brain staff] teaching skills... I selected Painted Brain because county used you guys for some tech training... And I found them not only knowledgeable but kind, helpful and well versed in their own recovery. [Tiffany], Anne, Tristan all seem exactly the same. Whoever hires for Painted Brain seems to have a knack or intuition in who to hire. Using Painted Brain has never lead to disappointment.”

-Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

"Thank you for everything. I’ve learned so much so far and am recommending Painted Brain to any peer friends and colleagues.”

-Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Training Graduate

Training Method(s): Online only (LMS system plus virtual classroom)

Training Modality: Cohort Style

Training Length: Varies

Class Start Dates: 

March 5 – March 28 T/Th 12:00-5:30PM (8 sessions)

Next class start date will be Fall 2024

To Register for Classes or for More Information:


Contact Person:
Tiffany Elliott, Training Program Manager

Phone: (213) 297-1513

Email: peersupporttraining@paintedbrain.org

(Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)


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