What is PROPEL?

With funding by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), PROPEL works to support, train and place individuals, both mental health consumers and family members who are seeking to be employed or volunteer as peer personnel in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). We also assist employers in the California PMHS in recruiting and retaining consumer and family member staff through workforce integration.

As a consumer-run organization, we at MHASF know firsthand how important meaningful employment is to mental health recovery. With 75% of our staff identifying as consumers and/or family members, we are a highly committed group of people who believe in the mission, vision, and values of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).

Growth & Expansion

PROPEL has been a driving force in promoting meaningful employment and support for peers in the community. Below are some of the achievements PROPEL has made during the 2016-2017 fiscal year:

175 Peers Enrolled in PROPEL

76 Peers Completed Individualized Career Plans

32 Trainings and Presentations with 194 Participants

Upcoming Events

On Thursday June 14th, we will be celebrating peers for the difference they have made in promoting recovery in the mental health community.

Join us for a fun day of networking, skills building, and relaxing with other peers!

Sally Zinman, founder of CAMHPRO and Consumer Movement pioneer, will be speaking as a special guest.

The event will be held at The Women's Building from 10am-4pm.

For more information, please contact Terri Byrne, Peer Development Manager, by phone at (415) 421-2926 ext 306, or by email at

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What is the National Certified Peer Specialist Certification?
(*from Mental Health America)

The MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (MHA NCPS) certification recognizes peers with the lived experience, training, and job experience to create a career in peer support. The certification is designed to exceed the standards used in public behavioral health around the country. A major purpose of the certification is to meet the needs of private health insurers and private practitioners.

Expansion of peer support into the private sector will open up new career paths and opportunities, which have been previously unexplored, for thousands of peer supporters. It is not designed to replace current certifications and trainings but to build upon and enhance current programs. This means adding additional competencies to ensure peers are able to meet the demands of a changing workforce and increasing opportunities.

The private health sector offers a wide array of work opportunities for qualified peer support workers including:

Working in private practice alongside psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed mental health therapists
Working in primary care, emergency departments, and inpatient settings
Working as members of Whole Health Care Teams
Working in supervisory roles.

Click here for more information on qualifications, testing, and how to apply.

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