Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program (LMH)

OSHPD is now HCAI

Welcome to the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI), formerly the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). All the information that was available under OSHPD is here as HCAI.

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The Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program increases the number of appropriately trained mental health professionals providing direct client care in a qualified facility in California.  

“This award helps me to reduce the debt that I have incurred while pursuing my education. The award also motivates me to stay employed in health care because the award is available in this setting.”

Veda Stalling, 2013 and 2017 LMH Awardee

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Find out if you are eligible for HCAI funding.

CHECK LOCATION ELIGIBILITY

Find out if your worksite is located in a Qualifying Shortage Area

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Provider Eligibility Requirements

  • Possess a valid and unrestricted professional license to practice your profession in California
  • Be in good standing with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and or the Board of Psychology 
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities, including other HCAI programs
  • Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation
  • Have unpaid educational loans
  • Commit to providing a 24-month service obligation in a medically underserved area
  • Provide 32 hours or more per week of direct client care

ELIGIBLE DISCIPLINES

LMHSPEP participants must possess an active and valid license (without restrictions or encumbrances) to practice as one of the  following professions:

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
  • Postdoctoral Psychological Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Psychological Trainee
  • Registered Clinical Social Worker
  • Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Waivered Psychologist

Practice Site Eligibility Requirements

Providers must work in one of the following eligible geographic or site designations:

Geographic designation

  • Health Profressional Shortage Area – Mental Health (HPSA-MH)

Find out if your practice site is located in a Qualifying Geographic Designation.

Site Designations

  • County Facility
  • Correctional Facility
  • Non-profit Mental Health Facility that contracts with a county entity to provide mental health services
  • Public Mental Health Facility
  • Publicly Funded Mental Health Facility
  • Veterans Facility

Former Foster Youth

AB 2608 sets aside funds to be used solely to fund grants to repay educational loans for applicants who meet the following program requirements and who were formerly in California’s foster youth care system.

Provider Eligibility Requirements
  • Possess a valid and unrestricted professional license to practice your profession in California
  • Be in good standing with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences 
  • Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities, including other HCAI programs
  • Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation
  • Have unpaid educational loans
  • Commit to providing a twenty-four (24) months service obligation in a medically underserved area
  • Be providing 32 hours or more per week of direct client care
  • Be formerly in California’s foster youth care system
Eligible Disciplines

LMHSPEP participants must possess an active and valid license (without restrictions or encumbrances) to practice as one of the following professions:

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Practice Site Eligibility Requirements

Providers must work in one of the following eligible geographic or site designations:

  • Publicly Funded Facility
  • Mental Health Professional Shortage Area 

Verification that you were part of the foster system will be required. To request a Foster Youth Verification Letter, or if you are not certain if you were in foster care, you should contact the county child welfare agency that had jurisdiction of your case or call the Office of the California Foster Care Ombudsperson at 1-877-846-1602.

Debt Eligibility

QUALIFYING EDUCATIONAL LOANS

  • Qualified Lender: Qualifying commercial lending institutions are those subject to examination and supervision by an agency of the United States, or by the state in which the institutions have their place of business.
  • Loans (government and commercial) obtained from a qualifying lender for undergraduate and graduate health profession degrees.
  • Consolidated and or refinanced educational loans that clearly delineate the original loans and the degrees conferred.

NON-QUALIFYING EDUCATIONAL LOANS

The following types of debt are not eligible for loan repayment under the LMHSPEP:

    • Parent PLUS loans
    • Loans in default
    • Loans repaid in full
    • Credit card debt
    • Loans not in the provider’s name
    • Personal lines of credit
    • Consolidated with mortgage loan
    • Consolidated with loans owed by another person

Award Amounts

The maximum award amount for the Licensed Mental Health Services Provider Education Program is $15,000. HCAI may award full, partial, or no funding to an applicant based on the applicant’s success in meeting the selection criteria, and the amount of available funds.  Applicants will not be awarded more than their total educational debt left on their loan balance.

Applicants may be awarded up to three (3) times.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Email: LMHSPEP Support

Phone: (916) 326-3640