2017-2018 Los Angeles County Stipend Program Information
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will be awarding 70 educational stipends of $18,500 to qualifying MFT students in FY 2017-18. Students who have or will graduate between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are eligible to apply. Students selected to receive the 2017-18 MFT stipends are required to attend an orientation at Phillips January 23, 2018, 9AM to Noon, to sign the stipend agreement.
The County has partnered with the MFT Consortium to address the County’s workforce need for qualified mental health practitioners capable of providing culturally and linguistically competent services in certain geographic areas or specialized treatment programs. Students are recruited from the MFT schools that participate in the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles. On behalf of this partnership, administration of the stipend program is provided by Phillips Graduate University.
The 2017-2018 LA County Stipend Program begins recruitment October 11, 2017 and interested students can download the LAC DMH Stipend Program Information 2017-18 and the LAC DMH MFT Stipend Application 2017-18. Applications need to be mailed by November 29, 2017.
Click here for the LAC DMH Stipend Program Information 2017-18
Click here for the LAC DMH MFT Stipend Application 2017-18
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Stipend Goal And Objectives
The goal of the LA County Stipend Program is to increase the public mental health workforce with qualified individuals committed to providing services in high need areas. The objectives of the program are:
- To recruit graduate students who have the capacity to provide services in one of the threshold languages in areas identified as high need. The threshold languages include Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and additional Chinese dialects.
- To recruit graduate students who have cultural competency and the capacity to provide culturally appropriate and sensitive services to consumers in areas identified as high need.
- To recruit graduate students who will be employed to serve in areas the County has designated as a workforce priority. These areas are currently identified as Service Area 1 (Antelope Valley), Service Area 4 (Downtown Los Angeles), Service Area 6 (South Los Angeles), Service Area 7 (East Los Angeles), services in juvenile justice programs and the jail system throughout the County, Specialized Foster Care (Katie A), programs funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), and service programs to older adults and veterans.
- To recruit graduate students who have prior experience in the mental health delivery system of the LA County Department of Mental Health through previous or current employment or through practicum (traineeship) training.
- To recruit graduate students who have prior training or experience with public mental health services provided to veterans, either through practicum (traineeship) training or through curriculum specialization.
- To recruit graduate students who have prior training or experience with public mental health services provided to older adults, either through practicum (traineeship) training or through curriculum specialization.
- To recruit graduate students who have prior training or experience with public mental health services provided to the homeless population, either through practicum (traineeship) training or through curriculum specialization.
Serving Older Adults
Towards the objective of serving older adults, seven (7) of the stipends will be awarded to student applicants with older adult experience and a commitment to working with an older adult program upon graduation. Students receiving one of the designated Older Adult stipends will be provided with training opportunities on serving older adults and connections to open job opportunities through the Older Adult Division of the LAC DMH.
Stipend recipients will need to be employed for one year as an MFT Intern in a public mental health agency, either directly operated by or contracted with the County’s Department of Mental Health, and providing clinical services to DMH clients in high need areas and programs.
Eligibility For LA County’s Stipends
Students in the last year of pursuing their graduate degree who graduate between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are eligible and encouraged to apply. In addition, students need to meet the following criteria:
- Must be graduating from a regionally accredited school which is a member of the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles.
- Must pass a criminal record background check (Live Scan prints will be required when applying for employment)
- Must be able to legally work in the United States
- Must be willing to commit to one year of full time employment at a DMH operated or contracted agency after graduation
- Must be eligible to register as a MFT Intern with the BBS upon graduation
Recommendation by Applicant’s School
Only schools that are members of the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles and have attended the 2017-18 Educators’ Stipend Orientation qualify for the LA County Stipend Program. Student applicants must be recommended by their schools for the LA County Stipend Program. Students must contact the school stipend representative to declare interest in applying and be added to the school’s recommended list. The school representative will also provide advisement to the student regarding the application process and the student’s capacity to provide mental health services in the public mental health systems in designated high need areas and programs. The school representative’s list of recommended students verifies that their degrees will post between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. A student’s application will not be processed if the student’s name is not included on school’s recommended list.
Click here for a list of qualifying schools and their stipend representatives.
2017-18 Stipend Orientation
Students will be notified if selected to receive a stipend between January 10 and January 20, 2018. Students selected to receive a stipend or selected as alternate recipients are required to attend an orientation at Phillips Graduate University on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 9AM to Noon. Attendance is mandatory as students will sign the service agreement during the orientation. Failing to attend, arriving late or leaving early may result in disqualification as stipend recipient or stipend alternate.
For questions contact your school’s stipend representative or email the MFT Stipend Program at Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org.