California State Stipend Program
The California Department of Mental Health (State) has initiated the MFT Educational Stipend Program with plans to award educational stipends to MFT students to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities.
The Goals of the State’s MFT Educational Stipend Program:
- To recruit MFT graduates with capacity to serve the culturally diverse needs of persons in mental health care
- To prepare recruited MFT graduates in the delivery of mental health services that promote wellness, recovery and resilience, and
- To recruit into MFT academic programs individuals who have experience in the public mental health system as clients or family members of clients.
The long-range objective of the MFT educational stipend program is to promote public mental health as a career option for those entering the MFT profession. Towards that end, the stipend program promotes curriculum development in MFT graduate institutions that prepares MFT graduates for public mental health practice.
The Mental Health Services Act
The State’s stipend program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Enacted in 2005, the mission of MHSA is to transform California’s public mental health delivery; in part, with mental health professionals dedicated to community service and to the care of those living with mental illness, by inspiring hope in their recovery, focusing on their personal strengths, respecting their cultural perspectives and learning from their lived experiences as consumers.
Application for the 2011-12 MFT Stipend Program is now available. Use the links below to download program information and application form.
Information 2011-12 MFT Stipend Program (PDF)
Guide for 2011-12 Stipend Application (PDF)
Central Coast 2011-12 State Stipend Application Form (PDF)
2009-10 State Stipend Recipients
60 educational stipends were awarded statewide for the 2009-2010 academic year. These recipients were awarded $18,500.
Maritza Garza and Laura Guanill of Antioch University, Santa Barbara
were State Stipend Recipients for 2009-10.
2010-11 State Stipend Recipients
Sixty (60) stipends of $18,500 each will be awarded statewide during the 2010-11 academic year. Recipients of the State stipends will be required to commit one year of employment at a mental health service agency operated by the state, a county, or an agency contracted by a governmental entity to provide mental health care. Applicants must be graduating between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. Information on the 2010-11 California Educational MFT Stipends will be available in summer 2010.
For more information on the California State Stipend Program go to Phillips Graduate Institute – Applications for 2010-2011 currently being accepted
County of Los Angeles Stipend Program
Since 2005 the Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health (County) has partnered with the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles (formerly, the Southern California MFT Consortium) and Phillips Graduate Institute in recruiting MFT students for employment in the County’s mental health delivery system. The County awarded educational stipends to graduating MFT students. Stipend recipients were obligated to work for one year at a mental health agency operated or contracted by the Department of Mental Health as an MFT Intern. In the fourth year of this partnership (2008-09) the County awarded 72 educational stipends to MFT students from sixteen different MFT academic schools.
County Stipends Address Workforce Needs
The County stipend program for MFTs addressed the workforce need for practitioners who could provide services in a language other than English. In the last four years the percentage of stipend recipients with bilingual capacity ranged from 56 to 75. In addition, all of the stipend recipients had personal and work experience in the underserved communities of the county. “[T]his partnership has made considerable strides in addressing the need for diversity in mental health workforce as outlined in the LAC DMH Internal Inventory” according to a May 2008 report MFT in Mental Health Service – Addressing Workforce Diversity.
Recruitment of Eligible Students for LA County Stipend Program 2009-10
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will be awarding educational stipends to MFT students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students will be recruited from the MFT schools that participate in the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles Consortium. For a list of the qualifying schools. The County has partnered with the MFT Consortium to address the county’s shortage of qualified mental health practitioners capable of providing culturally and linguistically competent services in certain geographic areas or specialized treatment programs. Administration of the stipend program on behalf of this partnership is provided by Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, CA.
*For more information on the California State Stipend Program go to Phillips Graduate Institute *