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:


announcement The next annual HPSA & MUA/MUP Workshop is scheduled for March 24 and 25, 2016 in San Francisco County.
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This page was last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

SDP Contacts
Liz Martin, Chief

Access to Care Section
Telephone: (916) 326-3706

Hovik Khosrovian, Manager

Shortage Designation Program
Telephone: (916) 326-3734

Richard Creer, Program Analyst

Mental Health Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3715

Bally Nagra, Program Analyst

Proactive Shortage Designations
Telephone: (916) 326-3714

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