Program Information & Application Instructions

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course which is operated by Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. (RAMS) and funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health with Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) funds. We are currently seeking applicants for the Spring 2021 Cohort.
Please read this page thoroughly before continuing to the application.

About the Entry Course
This course is designed to prepare individuals and family members of individuals who have lived experience in behavioral health services with basic skills and knowledge for entry-level peer provider roles. The Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Entry Course has successfully completed 20 Cohorts, and has over 300 graduates. The Entry Course runs two times annually, in the fall and in the spring. For more information about the program and answers to frequently asked questions visit
In order to qualify for this course, please note that you must meet the following requirements:

*at least 18 years of age 
*resident of San Francisco 
*successfully completed at least a high school education or GED
*identify, or have family members who identify as, having lived experience in the behavioral/mental health system
*have a stable internet connection 
*have enough computer skills to comfortably navigate basic platforms such as email
About the Online Course
The Spring 2021 Entry Course will be held online. Access to a stable internet connection and ability to navigate basic technology is a requirement.
Students who do not have access to a computer will be loaned one. 
Application and Notification Timeline 
Program Informational Open House (click blue text to join Zoom) 
Meeting ID: 971 1365 3407
Passcode: peer

Drop-In Application Help Workshop (click blue text to join Zoom):
Thursday 2/11 @ 10am-12pm
Meeting ID: 980 7775 5797
Passcode: peer

***Application Due Date: Monday 3/1 by 5pm***
Notification of Application Status Via Email: week of 3/8

Course Schedule
3/23/21 - 6/15/21
Tues 10am-12pm
Thurs 10am-12pm & 1pm-2pm
*Individual assignments up to 1 hour on Mondays & Wednesdays
Application Instructions
Please read this application thoroughly before filling it out. You will
need to attach several documents to this application to submit it. These
documents are required for a complete application and the program expects
you to make a thorough effort to acquire these documents. If you are not
able to attach documents, there are additional instructions & comment boxes
included where you can elaborate and we will still consider your
application depending on the circumstance. If you have any additional
concerns or issues with your application, please contact

*It is recommended that you look over the application and prepare all your attachments and personal statement before you fill everything out in one go. This application does auto-save if you close it and then open it later from the same device, but due to differences in technology this is not guaranteed.*