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 Pandemic


We are available for peer support by telephone and email for our current students and our graduates. 

Here are some resources to check out: 

  • "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):


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.

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

Jamie Works-Wright, former manager of BestNow!
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.

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

© 2020

Contact the Network

Phone: (510) 652-7451 - Email: