Mental Health Loan Assumption Program

Funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act

Application Deadline Extended to November 13, 2017.
If you live or work in the following counties effected by the California Wildfires, the deadline to submit your application is November 17, 2017: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Nevada, and Orange.
Please note: HPEF recommends that you complete and submit your application 2-4 days prior to the November 13, 2017 deadline as you may experience delays on the CalREACH website due to the large amount of applicants using the system on the deadline date. Please plan accordingly.

If you have questions pertaining to the requirements for hard-to-fill or retain positions you may contact your County's Mental Health Director or Designee's Office. Click on the County Contacts List

To view criteria from Counties who have asked us to post, click on the appropriate link below:

Apply for the MHLAP Application here

Background: MHLAP was created by the Mental Health Services Act (Act), passed by California voters in November 2004. The Act provided funding to develop a loan forgiveness program in order to retain qualified professionals working within the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). Through the Workforce Education and Training component of the Act, $10 million is allocated yearly to loan assumption awards. An award recipient may receive up to $10,000 to repay educational loans in exchange for a 12-month service obligation in a hard-to-fill or retain position within the County PMHS.

Eligible Professions: Counties determine which professions are eligible for their County's hard-to-fill or retain positions. Some of the eligible professions include, but are not limited to, Registered or Licensed Psychologists, Registered or Licensed Psychiatrists, Postdoctoral Psychological Assistants, Postdoctoral Psychological Trainees, Registered or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Registered or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Interns, and Registered or Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in California. Support, managerial and/or fiscal staff may be eligible.


This page was last updated on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

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