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.

(510) 969-5450

8105 Edgewater Drive,

Suite 100 (South Wing),

Oakland, CA 94621

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
BestNow Alumni Council holds a paint night for graduates
Students in the Peer Specialist Training participate
in an annual mask making activity.
Consumer movement leader Jay Mahler speaks to the Peer Specialist Training class

© 2018 by Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients

Contact the Network

Phone: (510) 652-7451