Workforce Education and Training Program (WET)

In November 2004, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) imposed a one percent tax on personal income in excess of $1 million to support prevention, early intervention, and services in the public mental health system (PMHS). MHSA included a component for Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs, which are referenced in Welfare and Institutions Code 5820-5822. A ten-year budget allocated $210 million to counties for local WET program implementation and $234.5 million for state administration of WET programs.

The WET program aims to remedy the shortage of mental health practitioners in the public mental health system (PMHS) via programs that fund Stipends, Mental Health Loan Assumption, Education Capacity, Consumer and Family Member Employment, Regional Partnerships, Recruitment (Career Awareness) and Retention, and Evaluation.

The former Department of Mental Health developed the first WET Five-Year Plan (2008-2013). In July 2012, WET was transferred to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), which was mandated to develop and implement the second WET Five-Year Plan (2014-2019). In January 2014, the California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC) approved $114.7 million for the second WET Five-Year Plan (2014-2019).

Funding Opportunities

Program Availability Dates How to Apply
Networks that Support Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience

Open October 6, 2017 4:00 PM PDT
Close December 1, 2017 3:30 PM PST

Request for Applicants
RFA Questions and Answers and Frequently Asked Questions from Previous RFAs
Local Organizational Support and Development Networks for Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience

Open October 6, 2017 4:00 PM PDT
Close December 1, 2017 3:30 PM PST

Request for Applicants
RFA 17-8145 Addenda
Frequently Asked Questions from Previous RFAs
RFA Questions and Answers
Statewide Support and Development of Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience

Open October 6, 2017 4:00 PM PDT
Close December 1, 2017 3:30 PM PST

Request for Applicants
RFA Questions and Answers and Frequently Asked Questions from Previous RFAs
Peer Personnel Training and Placement

Opened July 21, 2017 4:00 PM PDT
Closed September 19, 2017 3:30 PM PDT

Notice of Intent to Award October 16, 2017 4:00 PM PDT

Notice of Intent to Award
Addendum Notice of Intent to Award
Peer Personnel Training and Placement RFA
Frequently Asked Questions from Previous RFAs
RFA Questions and Answers

Program Information

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 Public Mental Health System (PMHS) in exchange for a 12-month service obligation.

MHLAP information

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 education programs to increase their capacity to train residents and trainees by providing 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 pathway programs to expose students to careers in mental health
  • Provide clinical rotations in the PMHS
  • Develop programs for retaining incumbent PMHS workforce

Regional Partnerships

OSHPD provides funding to five Regional Partnerships who are charged with developing and implementing public mental healthcare workforce development strategies that align with the WET Five-Year Plan (2014-2019) and address regional needs.

More information about regional partnerships


This page was last updated on Monday, November 6, 2017.