Shortage Designation Program
The Shortage Designation Program (SDP) provides technical assistance to clinics and other primary care providers seeking recognition as a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for Primary Care, Dental Health, and Mental Health disciplines or Medically Underserved Area/Medically Underserved Population (MUA/MUP). SDP provides data analysis services and liaisons between the federal government and healthcare provider sites applying for HPSA or MUA/MUP status. Shortage designations:
- Enable clinics to be eligible for assignment of National Health Services Corp Personnel or apply for Rural Health Clinic Certification, Federally Qualified Health Center status (FQHC), FQHC Look-Alike, or New Start/Expansion program, depending on the designation
- Promote OSHPD's vision of "Access to safe, quality healthcare environments that meet California's diverse and dynamic needs."
The program is the State's liaison to the federal Shortage Designation Branch (SDB) of Health Resources and Services Administration, The program was authorized by Congress as the Emergency Health Personnel Act of 1970 under the U.S. Public Health Service Act. The federal government funds the program. Criteria, amendments, and authorizations:
- Section 330 (MUA/MUP)
- Section 332 (HPSA)
- Health Care Safety Net Amendments 2002 (Automatic Facility HPSA designation) FAQs
New: The next HPSA & MUA/MUP Mini-Workshop is tentatively scheduled for January 2015 in Kern County. More information to come.
The next annual HPSA & MUA/MUP Workshop is tentatively scheduled for March 2015. Stay tuned for more information.
The HPSA application process has undergone significant changes.
- CHWPC Resources
- Health Careers Training Program (HCTP)
- Health Workforce Pilot Projects Program (HWPP)
- National Health Service Corps (NHSC) / California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
- California Primary Care Office (PCO)
- Shortage Designation Program
- Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Programs
- Research, Policy and Planning GIS/Data System
- Health Care Reform
- Site Map
- Healthcare Pathways
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
400 R Street, Suite 330
Sacramento, CA 95811-6213
Phone: (916) 326-3700
Fax: (916) 322-2588