Workforce Education and Training Programs (WET)
The Workforce Education and Training (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.
2018-19 Grant Funding Opportunities
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program
- Open July 23, 2018, 4:00 PM PDT
- Close August 13, 2018, 3:30 PM PDT
How to Apply
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.
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
Grant Opportunity Archives
Local Organizational Support and Development Networks for Public Mental Health System Workforce with Lived Experience
- Closed December 1, 2017, 3:30 PM PST
How to Apply
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. The MHSA includes a component for Workforce Education and Training (WET) programs.
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).
WET Five-Year Plans
Join the MSHA WET Mailing List
Check the “Mental Health/Workforce Education and Training (WET)” box on the Subscribe to OSHPD Announcements page.