8105 Edgewater Drive, Suite 100 (South Wing), Oakland, CA 94621

(510) 969-5450 -


BestNow! (Building Employment Strategies Through Networking on Wellness) provides leadership development, empowerment, job training, 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 Alameda County.



  • Peer Specialist Training (7-week training and 6-month internship)

The Peer Specialist Training  is specifically designed for people who identify as having mental health and/or substance use challenges who are interested in working in the behavioral health field as Peer Support Specialists. The training curriculum focuses on self-empowerment, self-determination, peer support, and vocational development.  The Peer Support Specialist Training is offered once per year.  Applicants attend an orientation session and receive information on how to apply at that time. 

  • SET 4 Success Workshops (Supportive Employment Training)

These workshops are focused on pre-employment and wellness topics for anyone seeking to enhance their skills for obtaining work and maintain their overall well-being. These workshops are open to the public and held in the community on a monthly basis.

  • Documentation 101 Training
A documentation training for any consumer interested in learning basic information about progress notes and to learn about the importance of documentation and coding.
  • Documentation in Action
A documentation training for any consumer who currently writes progress notes to provide additional assistance with writing strength-based progress notes to sustain employment.
  • Graduate Support Team
Provides continued support to graduates of the Peer Specialist Training through:
  • Interview and resume support
  • Social events centered on wellness
  • Job announcements and resources

Check out our upcoming free workshops!


Thursday, May 13th

1 pm to 3 pm  Zoom Link


Tuesday, May 25th

10 am to 12 pm Zoom Link

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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, Jeff Caiola, talks about BestNow! on the program Mental Health Matters. 

BestNow alumni event Paint Night
Jamie Works-Wright, former manager of BestNow!
Consumer movement leader Jay Mahler speak to the Peer Specialist Trainng class
Consumer movement leader, Jay Mahler,
speaks to the Peer Specialist Training class.
Students in the Peer Specialist Training participate in an annual mask making activity
Students in the Peer Specialist Training participate in an annual mask making activity.

"No matter your past or your future, just be your Best Now."