WET Financial Incentive 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, perform a search on the Health Resources & Services Administration website.   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.