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California State Stipend Program

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The California Department of Mental Health (State) has initiated the MFT Educational Stipend Program with plans to award educational stipends to MFT students to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities.

The Goals of the State’s MFT Educational Stipend Program:

  1. To recruit MFT graduates with capacity to serve the culturally diverse needs of persons in mental health care
  2. To prepare recruited MFT graduates in the delivery of mental health services that promote wellness, recovery and resilience
  3. To recruit into MFT academic programs individuals who have experience in the public mental health system as clients or family members of clients.
The long-range objective of the MFT educational stipend program is to promote public mental health as a career option for those entering the MFT profession. Towards that end, the stipend program promotes curriculum development in MFT graduate institutions that prepares MFT graduates for public mental health practice.

The Mental Health Services Act

The State’s stipend program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Enacted in 2005, the mission of MHSA is to transform California’s public mental health delivery; in part, with mental health professionals dedicated to community service and to the care of those living with mental illness, by inspiring hope in their recovery, focusing on their personal strengths, respecting their cultural perspectives and learning from their lived experiences as consumers.

MFT State Stipend Program Information For 2014-15

The California Educational MFT Stipend Program will be awarding 110 stipends of $18,500 each during the 2014-15 academic year for use by selected recipients to defray the cost of their graduate education. Recipients of the state stipends are required to complete one year of paid or unpaid employment at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county’s mental health or behavioral health department in California. Click here for information.

Employment and Placement Verification Forms

Stipend Recipients are required to commit to one year of employment as payback for the California Educational MFT Stipend Program. The agency must be approved by the regional coordinator prior to acceptance. The verification forms below are required at initial hire as a registered MFT Intern by the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

To verify employment: Employment Verification Form and Instructions
To verify volunteer placement: Placement Verification Form and Instructions

Employment and Placement Completion Forms

Stipend Recipients are required to provide evidence of employment completion by submitting the Employment Completion Form or MFT Placement Completion Form. A full stipend requires twelve (12) consecutive months of payback on a full-time basis either as a paid employee or as a volunteer employee.

To verify completion of employment: Employment Completion Form and Instructions
To verify completion of volunteer placement: Placement Completion Form and Instructions

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