Monday, January 12, 2015

Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate -- Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2015 Class

RAMS, in collaboration with SFSU, is excited to announce that the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Class!

Funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program provides a 12-week long training for consumers of behavioral health services or family members who are interested in becoming peer counselors/peer specialists in the field of community behavioral health.  Already in its 5th year of operation, this program has had around 120 graduates, the majority of whom are actively engaging in work, volunteer, and educational opportunities as a direct result of taking the course.  This program is free of cost for the attendee, with books and materials included.

We are looking for individuals who:
  • are at least 18 years old residents of San Francisco 
  • have completed at least a high school level education or GED
  • are current or past consumers of behavioral health services and/or family members 
  • are interested in helping others in the community behavioral health setting

  • Application and course timeline is as follows:
  • Wednesday, January 7th - Application Release 
  • Tuesday, January 20th & Thursday, January 22nd - Optional Program Open Houses (see Flyer HERE for details) 
  • Friday, February 13th @ 5:00pm - Application Deadline 
  • Week of March 9th - Notification of Application Status 
  • Friday, March 27th - Registration Forms Due for Accepted Applicants 
  • Tuesday, April 7th - 1st Day of Class 
  • Tuesday, June 30th - Graduation Ceremony 




  • Click HERE for the program brochure


    Click HERE for the application form

    Please feel free to contact us at (415) 668-5955 x386 or certificate@ramsinc.org should you have any questions. Materials are also available for download at: http://www.ramsinc.org/peer.php

    We look forward to receiving applications for the Spring 2015 class, and beginning another great cohort!

    Photo credit: The Sanguine Bee on Flickr