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 "BestNow! (Building Employment Strategies Through Networking on Wellness) provides leadership development, empowerment, and support for people with mental health and/or substance use recovery experience who are interested in joining the behavioral health field as Peer Support Specialists within California"

 At BestNow! we believe in helping peers not only become Peer Support Specialists through our training program but also assist with volunteer/internship opportunities,  career counseling, and coaching/support.

To sign up for our upcoming 80 hour peer support specialist training or to learn about our internship/volunteer opportunities please visit this link: 



For peers who have completed their 80-hour training either through BestNow or at another agency we also offer:

  • Monthly study guide sessions to help peers prepare to take the California Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist exam 

  • Continuing Education Units for peers who are in need of the 20 CEUs required for grand-parenting or who have been certified Medi-Cal peer support specialist for over 2 years in the state of California

To sign up for our study guide sessions or our CEU trainings please click on the flyers below​!



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BestNow! Testimonials

  • "BestNow!'s training program is outstanding and full of opportunities in preparing a Peer Support Specialist for the behavioral health workforce." - Class of 2020 Graduate


  • "This program has changed my life. I am so hopeful to continue my journey."  - Class of 2020 Graduate


  • "I needed support and opportunities. The BestNow! community and its partners are supporting me to join the workforce."  - Class of 2020 Graduate


  • "There was a time in the program that I really thought I would have to withdraw from the BestNow! training due to personal struggles, but BestNow! staff and fellow peers stepped in to support me through the challenges."  - Class of 2020 Graduate  

  • “It was such a life-changing experience and a wonderful period of my life.  I wouldn't be where I am without BestNow!"  - Class of 2019 Graduate


  • “BestNow! has fully equipped and enhanced my life personally as well as my family. The life experiences that I possess along with the knowledge of the peer support specialist training program bring me a great deal of gratitude to be able to support consumers and a host of others in and around the community.”    - Class of 2016 Graduate


BestNow! graduate class Spring 2023


BestNow! graduate class Fall 2023

Have questions? Contact the BestNow team via email at or by phone at 559-708-1993

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