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:
Loan Assistance Program
The Loan Assistance Program pays outstanding educational loans for staff employed in the public mental health system in exchange for continued employment in hard-to-fill/retain direct service or supervision of direct services position providing services in unserved/underserved communities as defined by DMH.
For more information regarding the Loan Assistance Program, click here.
Tuition Reimbursement Program
The Tuition Reimbursement Program will reimburse tuition expenses related to courses leading to career advancement for public mental health staff employed in hard-to-fill/retain position, providing direct service or supervision of direct services in unserved/underserved communities as defined by DMH.
For more information regarding the Tuition Reimbursement Program, click here.
UREP Graduate Recruitment Program
The Under Represented Ethnic Populations (UREP) Graduate Recruitment Program funds temporary paid positions for one year for individuals with Baccalaureate degree providing direct services in public mental health to unserved/underrepresented communities and 2 years of stipends while they pursue their graduate degree in social work with a clinical concentration or marriage and family therapy.
For more information regarding the UREP Graduate Recruitment Program, click here.
2nd Year Stipend Program
The 2nd Year Stipend Program provides 2nd year MSW, MFT, and Nurse Practitioner students with a $18,500 stipend in exchange for a one year commitment to work in a hard-to-fill/retain area of the County after graduation.
For more information regarding the 2nd Year Stipend Program, click here.
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.