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.


During the "Shelter-In-Place": 


We are available for peer support by telephone and email for our current students and our graduates. Here are some other resources you might avail yourself of: 

  • "Supporting Increased Community Participation: An Introduction to Community Inclusion for Peer Providers" 

-The Copeland Center:

  • "Mental Health Matters" - Select from over 60 videos about recovery and wellness recorded by PEERS

(Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services):


More video links to come!


PLEASE NOTE: During this time we don't have staff at the site to immediately answer your phone calls.

Please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours. 





  • 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.

BestNow Alumni Council paint night for graduates
  • 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
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

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Contact the Network

Phone: (510) 652-7451