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WET Financial Incentive Programs

Financial Incentive Programs

Public mental health employees have several opportunities to receive financial incentives to work in the public mental health system.  Available Stipend and Loan Assumption / Repayment programs can be found by clicking on the respective links below:


MHSA WET Stipend Programs

Loan Assumption / Repayment Programs

Mental Health Professional Shortage Area

In order for mental health staff to be eligible for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs (see Loan Assumption/Repayment Programs above), employees must work in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (MHPSA).

To independently verify whether your site is located in a MHPSA, go HERE.   Note that expired designations, physical health and dentistry shortage areas are also listed.  The designation must be for the Mental Health Shortage Area and within 4 years of the designation date in order to be active for mental health loan awards. Within Los Angeles County, HERE is a current list of MHPSA designated areas and DMH directly operated NHSC designated sites.

If you would like assistance to determine whether or not your facility is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area, please contact the Office of Statewide Planning and Development (OSHPD) Shortage Designation Program at (916) 326-3700.

If you are interested in getting the area you are located in designated as a MHPSA, please contact us by E-mail.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Approved Site Application

Agencies located in a MHPSA must submit the NHSC Approved Site Application in order to become an eligible site for NHSC Federal Loan Repayment awarded recipients to work. 

Follow this link to find Step-by-Step instructions for the NHSC Approved Site Application.

Related Information

Prevention & Early Intervention
Phone:  (213) 251-6712
Fax:  (213) 252-8749

Workforce Education Training Division
Phone:  (213) 251-6879
Fax:  (213) 252-8776