Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Workforce Education and Training Program
Funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act

Background

The passage of the 2004 California Ballot Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), provided a unique opportunity and funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs and monitor progress toward statewide goals for children, transition age youth, adults, older adults and families. The MHSA addresses a broad continuum of prevention, early intervention and service needs and the necessary infrastructure, technology and training elements that will effectively support this system.

California’s public mental health system has suffered from a shortage of public mental health workers, maldistribution of certain public mental health occupational classifications, a recognized lack of diversity in the mental health workforce, and under-representation of mental health professionals with consumer and family member experience or experience in racially, ethnically, or culturally diverse communities.

To address the public mental health workforce issues, the MHSA included a component for Mental Health Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs. In 2008, the former California Department of Mental Health developed the first WET Development Five-Year Plan, which covered the period from April 2008 to April 2013 and provided vision, values and mission for state and local implementation of WET Programs. In July 2012, the MHSA WET programs were transferred to OSHPD, which assumed the responsibility of administering the WET programs and developing the second MHSA WET Five-Year Plan. OSHPD, with advice from stakeholders and approval by the California Mental Health Planning Council, completed the development of the second MHSA WET Five-Year Plan, which covers the period from April 2014 to April 2019 and includes the elements outlined in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 5822, providing a framework of strategies that state, local government, community partners, education and training institutions, and other stakeholders can enact to further public mental health workforce, education, and training efforts.


WET Programs

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training (WET) Program Budget Re-Assessment

Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP): OSHPD offers loan repayment of up to $10,000 to mental health workers in hard-to-fill and/or hard-to-retain positions in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS) in exchange for a 12-month service obligation.

Stipend Programs: OSHPD contracts with educational institutions to provide stipends for graduate students who plan to work in the PMHS: Masters of Social Work (MSW); Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT); Clinical Psychologists (PsyD/PhD); and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP). In exchange for a stipend, students in MSW, MFT, PsyD/PhD, and PMHNP programs perform their supervised hours and work for 12 months in the community PMHS.

Educational Capacity Programs: OSHPD contracts with Psychiatric Residency and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs to fund residency and training slots in Psychiatric Residency and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner education programs to increase their capacity to train residents and trainees and to provide clinical rotations in the PMHS.

Consumer and Family Member Employment Program: OSHPD funds organizations that engage in training, education, placement, support, planning, and development activities that lead to increased consumer and family member employment in the PMHS.

Recruitment and Retention Programs: OSHPD provides grants to organizations across three separate programs that:

  • Develop pathways programs to expose students to careers in mental health
  • Provide clinical rotations in the PMHS
  • Develop programs for retaining the incumbent PMHS workforce

Regional Partnerships: OSHPD funds five Regional Partnerships (RPs) that have formed across the state to promote building and improving local workforce, education and training resources. The RP collaboratives represent Bay Area counties; Central Valley counties; Southern counties; Los Angeles County; and Superior Region counties. RPs include representation from mental health, community agencies, educational/training entities, consumers, family members, and other partners to plan and implement programs that build and improve local workforce education and training resources. Each RP focuses on projects and goals specific to their regional needs.

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training (WET) Regulations Review

RFAs/Funding Opportunities

Open Request for Proposals/Funding Opportunities

Advisory Committees

WET Advisory Committee

WET Consumer and Family Member Employment Advisory Committee

WET CalSEARCH Advisory Committee

Inactive Advisory Committees

Archives

Five-Year Plan

The Five-Year PlanThe Five-Year Plan, required in Welfare and Institutions Code Sections 5820-5822, was approved by the California Mental Health Planning Council in April 2008. It covers the period April 2008 to April 2013, with subsequent plans to be developed every five years. This document articulates a vision, values and mission for implementation of Workforce, Education and Training programs and activities. The Plan provides guidance to assist in long-range planning toward an integrated mental health service delivery system.

Historical Documents

  • County Level Programs: Mental Health Loan Assumption, Song-Brown, Shortage Designation

    In support of the MHSA, an overall investment of $210 million from the MHSA was designated solely for County-administered Workforce, Education and Training (WET) efforts. To access these funds, each County is required to perform a local workforce needs assessment and local stakeholder process. Conducted on a county level to identify local needs and priorities, this information is used to prepare counties' Workforce, Education and Training (WET) plans. These plans include strategies, activities and programs that promote the employment of clients and family members, increase the cultural and linguistic competency of the workforce, outreach to unserved and underserved populations, enhance the effectiveness and diversity of the workforce, and increase access to services for mental health clients.

    • 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 clinic to be eligible for assignment of National Healthcare 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 mission of "Equitable Healthcare Accessibility for California"
Archived DMH Notices and Letters: 2007 - 2011
  • Notices
    • 2011
      • Notice 11-16 - Amendment of the Annual Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Revenue and Expenditure Report for Fiscal Years 2008-09 and 2009-10
        • Enclosure 1 - Revenue and Expenditure Report Enclosure Instructions |
        • Enclosure 2 PDF | Enclosure 2 Excel - MHSA Revenue and Expenditure Report 2008-2009
        • Enclosure 2 PDF | Enclosure 2 Excel - MHSA Revenue and Expenditure Report 2009-2010
        • ***If you have any questions regarding the Revenue and Expenditure Report, please contact the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission at (916) 445-8696 or MHSOAC@mhsoac.ca.gov.

      • Notice 11-13 - Implementation of the State-Administered Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) for State Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12
        • Enclosure 1 - State Administered Mental Health Loan Assumption Program Funding Allocated by County (FY 2011-12)
      • Notice 11-07 - Threshold Languages
        • Enclosure 1 - Medi-Cal Beneficiaries by County and Primary Language
        • Enclosure 2 - Threshold Languages by County
        • Enclosure 3 - Counties Grouped by Number of Threshold Languages
    • 2010
      • Notice 10-27 - Implementation of the State-Administered Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) for State Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11
      • Notice 10-26 - Implementation of the Annual Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Revenue and Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year 2009-10
      • Notice 10-21 - Proposed Guidelines for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Fiscal Year 2011/12 Annual Update to the Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan
      • Notice 10-12 - Clarification and Modification to the Annual Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Revenue and Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year 2008-09
      • Notice 10-02 - The 2010 Cultural Competence Plan Requirements
      • Notice 10-01 - Proposed Guidelines for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Fiscal Year 2010/11 Annual Update to the Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan
    • 2009
      • Notice 09-22 - Implementation of the Annual Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Revenue and Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year
        2008-09
      • Notice 09-19 - Info notice 09-19 Implementation of the State-Administered Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) for State Fiscal Year (FY) 2009-10
        • Enclosure 1 - Funding Allocated by County (FY 2009-10)
        • Enclosure 2 - Mental Health Loan Assumption Program Application
      • Notice 09-03 - Implementation of the State-Administered Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2008-09
    • 2008
      • Notice 08-28 - Proposed Guidelines for the Mental Health ServicesAct (MHSA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2009/2010 Annual Update to the Three-Year Program and Expenditure Plan
        • Enclosure 1 - Exhibit A, County Certification
        • Enclosure 2 - Exhibit B, Description of Community Program Planning and Local Review Processes
        • Enclosure 3 - Exhibit C, Report on FY 2007/08 Community Services and Supports Activities
        • Enclosure 4 - Exhibit D, Mental Health Services Act - Work Plan Description
        • Enclosure 5 - Exhibit E, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Summary Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 6 - Exhibit E1, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Community Services and Supports Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 7 - Exhibit E2, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Workforce Education and Training Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 8 - Exhibit E3, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Capital Facilities and Technological Needs Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 9 - Exhibit E4, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 10 - Exhibit E5, FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Innovation Funding Request Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 11 - Exhibit F1(a), Community Services and Supports New Work Plan Narrative, FY 2009/10 Annual Update
        • Enclosure 12 - Exhibit F1(b), FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Community Services and Supports Projected Revenues and Expenditures for New Work Plans Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 13 - Exhibit F2(a), FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Workforce Education and Training New Work Plan Narrative
        • Enclosure 14 - Exhibit F2(b), FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Workforce Education and Training New Work Plan Narrative Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 15 - Exhibit F3(a), FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Capital Facilities New Work Plan Narrative
        • Enclosure 16 - Exhibit F3(b), FY 2009/10 Mental Health Services Act Capital Facilities Projected Revenues and Expenditures for New Work Plans Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 17 - Exhibit F4(a), FY 2009/10 Technological Needs New Work Plan Narrative
        • Enclosure 18 - Exhibit F4(b), FY 2009/10 Technological Needs Projected Revenues and Expenditures for New Work Plans Worksheet and Instructions
        • Enclosure 19 - Exhibit G, FY 2009/10 Community Services and Supports Prudent Reserve Plan
      • Notice 08-20 - Request for Application for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training Funding for Regional Partnerships
        • Enclosure 1A - Directions for Completion of an Application for Funding for Regional Partnerships
        • Enclosure 1B - Application for Funding for Regional Partnerships
        • Enclosure 2 - Application for Funding for Regional Partnerships (sample)
        • Enclosure 3 - Regional Partnership - Availability of Funds
      • Notice 08-16 - Plan Update Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2008/09 Addendum - Modified Process
        • Enclosure 1 - Instructions for Preparing the FY 2008/09 Mental Health Services Act Previously Approved Capital Facilities and Technological Needs and Workforce Education and Training Projects Funding Requirements (Exhibit 2a)
        • Enclosure 2 - Instructions for Preparing the Mental Health Services Act Community Services and Supports Funding Request for FY 2008/09 (Exhibit 3R)
      • Notice 08-13 - Funding Augmentation to the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training Component
        • Enclosure 1 - Total Workforce Education and Training (WET) Planning Estimates
    • 2007
      • Notice 07-14 - Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training Component - Proposed Three Year Program and Expenditure Plan Guidelines, Fiscal Years 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2008-09
        • Enclosure 1A - Proposed Guidelines - Workforce Education and Training Component of the Three-Year Program Expenditure Plan for FYs 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
        • Enclosure 1B - Workforce Face Sheet
        • Enclosure 2 - MHSA Workforce Education and Training Local Assistance Combined Three-Year Planning Estimates
      • Notice 07-06 - County Funding Request for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training Planning and Early Implementation Funding
        • Enclosure 1 - Request for Funding for Planning and Early Implementation Activities Under the MHSA Workforce Education and Training Component
        • Enclosure 2A - MHSA Workforce Education and Training Local Assistance Combined Three-Year Planning Estimates
        • Enclosure 2B - MHSA Workforce Education and Training Local Assistance Combined Three-Year Planning Estimates
          (FY2006-07 - FY2008-09)
  • Letter

This page was last updated on Thursday, April 20, 2017.