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2015-2016 Los Angeles County Stipend Program Information

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will be awarding educational stipends to MFT students in the 2015-16 academic year. Students will be recruited from the MFT schools that participate in the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles. 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. Administration of the stipend program on behalf of this partnership is provided by Phillips Graduate Institute.

The 2015-16 LA County Stipend Program Application will be available on September 16, 2015 and the application deadline is November 4, 2015.

Click here to download the LAC DMH MFT Stipend Information.

Click here to download the LAC DMH MFT Stipend Application.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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 through the Older Adult Division of the LAC DMH with training opportunities on serving older adults and connections to open job opportunities.

Stipend Amount And Commitment

The County will be awarding up to 52 educational stipends of $18,500 to selected students and seven of these stipends will be awarded to students qualified to serve older adults. 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 will be graduating between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible and encouraged to apply. In addition, students need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be graduating from a regionally accredited school which is a member of the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles. Click here for a list of Qualifying Schools for the LA County Stipend Program.
  2. Must pass a criminal record background check (Live Scan prints will be required when applying for employment)
  3. Must be able to legally work in the United States
  4. Must be willing to commit to one year of full time employment at a DMH operated by or contracted agency after graduation
  5. Must be eligible to register as a MFT Intern with the BBS upon graduation

Recommendation by Applicant’s School

Applicants must be recommended by their schools to apply for the LA County Stipend Program. Students must contact the school stipend representative to declare interest in applying, and receive advisement 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. School representatives will provide a list of recommended students to verify applicants degrees will post between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.



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