2 Foundation Background The Health Professions Education Foundation (Foundation) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit public benefit corporation that was created by the Legislature in 1987.Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $25 millionThese awards have helped over 2,700 students and graduates practicing in medically underserved areasThe Foundation improves healthcare in underserved areas of California by providing scholarships, loan repayments, and programs to health professional students who are dedicated to providing direct patient care.
3 Current Foundation Programs Allied Healthcare Scholarship ProgramVocational Nurse Scholarship ProgramLicensed Vocational Nurse Loan Repayment ProgramLicensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree NursingAssociate Degree Nursing Scholarship ProgramBachelor of Science in Nursing Scholarship ProgramBachelor of Science in Nursing Loan Repayment ProgramLicensed Mental Health Service Provider Education ProgramMental Health Loan Assumption ProgramHealth Professions Education Scholarship ProgramHealth Professions Education Loan Repayment ProgramSteven M. Thompson Physician Corp Loan Repayment Program
5 Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP) MHLAP is supported by funds from the Mental Health Services Act, under the Workforce, Education and Training component.$2.6 million dollars for this fiscal year.Serves individuals currently working in the Public Mental Health System, in a “hard to fill” or “hard to retain position”
6 MHLAP Summary Statistics The Foundation acknowledges that there is a high need in the mental health field for additional funding to support loan repayment.Applications received: 1,222Applicants awarded: 283Dollars awarded: $2,246,874.31Average Award: $7, per person
7 Eligibility Criteria for MHLAP Eligible Applicants:Licensed PsychologistRegistered PsychologistPostdoctoral Psychological TraineePostdoctoral Psychological AssistantLicensed Clinical Social WorkerAssociate Clinical Social WorkerLicensed Marriage and Family TherapistMarriage and Family Therapist InternLicensed PsychiatristRegistered PsychiatristLicensed/ Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse PractitionerRegistered Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
8 Eligibility Criteria for MHLAP MHSA funding is for mental health professionals working in the “Public Mental Health System.”Publicly-funded facilities administered in whole or in part by the Department of Mental Health or by the County.Does not include programs and/or services administered by federal, state, county or private correctional entities or programs and/ or services provided in correctional facilities.Does include programs and/or services in juvenile hall facilities.
9 Eligibility- Practice Location Participants may receive up to $10,000 in exchange for 12consecutive months of employment in a designated hard to fill orretain position in the Public Mental Health System.Any award recipient who changes County of Employment or whodoes not comply with his/her loan assumption contract during theirservice obligation shall be removed or suspended from the program.
10 Scoring and Criteria Applicants will be scored based on: Work ExperienceCultural and Linguistic CompetenceCareer GoalsCommunity ServiceCommunity BackgroundFluency
11 Eligibility- Service Obligation The service obligation begins upon signing a contract with theFoundation; previous years of work experience cannot be appliedretroactively.Applicants who currently owe an existing service obligation areineligible to apply for this program until the current obligation iscompleted.
12 DeadlineApplications are currently being accepted. It is strongly encouraged that you submit all application materials at least three weeks prior to the final filing date.December 10, 2010 (to County Mental Health Director):County Employment or Volunteer Verification FormJanuary 24, 2010 (to Foundation):ApplicationEducational Debt Reporting FormLender StatementsPersonal StatementTwo Letters of RecommendationProof of Licensure, Registration or Waiver
13 The Role of Counties in MHLAP Each County receives a specific allocation of the $2.6 million Fund, as determined by the State Department of Mental Health, to guarantee at least one award per County.Counties play an integral role in the selection process:County Mental Health Directors verify employment in a hard to fill or retain position within the Public Mental Health SystemBoth Small and Large County representatives participate on the MHLAP Advisory Committee
14 Advisory Committee and Selection Process Dec. 10: Postmark deadline for applicant to mail EmploymentVerification FormJan 24: Postmark deadline for applicant and County MentalHealth Director to mail Application materials toFoundation.Jan- April: Applications are reviewed by the Foundation, theAdvisory Committee, DMH and Board of Trustees.May -June: Applicants are notified of award status
15 County representatives Advisory CommitteeCompositionCounty representativesDMH representatives“At large” representatives from Licensing Boards, professional associations or otherFoundation Staff
16 Application Workshop Topics to Cover: What do I need to know about the Instructions?How do I fill out the Application?What are Lender Statements?County Employment Verification FormHow do I write a Personal Statement?What should Letters of Recommendation include?What does proof of licensure, registration or waiver mean?When and where do I submit the materials?
17 Application Instructions First two pages of packetContains background, definitions,scoring criteria and guidelinesExplains what to submit and whatinformation we are looking for ineach of the seven requiredsubmission items
18 Application Page 1 contains Part A: Personal Information Page 2 contains Parts B-F:Work ExperienceCommunity BackgroundPersonal Statement QuestionsQuestionnaireApplication CertificationAdditional Note on Page 2:Utilize Submission Checklists to Ensure that all portions of application are complete
19 Educational Debt Reporting Form If awarded, the Foundation will use this form to make payments to your lender(s)Fill in all spaces on the formPlease verify the Payment Address. This is where the Foundation will mail your loan assumption check.If your lender requires that you include any special information (i.e. Social Security Number, Account Number, Name, etc.) in order to process payments, please indicate on the Form.
21 You mail form to County Mental Health Director Part 1: You fill out, and your direct supervisor signs to verify the informationYou mail form to County Mental Health DirectorPart 2: County Mental Health Director checks appropriate boxes, signs and mails to Foundation
22 How do I write a Personal Statement? Question and Answer formatProvide as much detail as possible, within two pages. Only the firsttwo pages will be read and scoredMention specific examples as they relate to the question
23 Letters of Recommendation Formatting requirements:Dated and signedWritten on the author’s letterhead OR it includes the author’s name, title, address, phone number, and relationship to applicantContent may include, but is not limited to:Mental health work experience, cultural and linguistic competency as it relates to your work, community service, work habits, commitment to the mental health field, and so on.Who should write the letters?Past or current employers, supervisor of volunteer activities, educational instructor
24 What does proof of licensure, registration or waiver mean? Licensed Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and Mental Health Nurse PractitionersProvide a copy of your licenseRegistered Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapy Interns, and Associate Clinical Social WorkersProvide a copy of your Board registrationPostdoctoral Assistants and Trainees or individuals who are not required to register through their BoardProvide a copy of the letter, stating that you have received a waiver
25 When and where do I submit the materials? By December 10, 2009Complete Part 1 of the County Employment or Volunteer Verification Form and postmark to your County’s Mental Health DirectorBy January 24, 2010Postmark the following items to the Foundation: Completed Application, Educational Debt Reporting Form, Lender Statements, Personal Statement, Two Letters of Recommendation, and Proof of Licensure, registration or Waiver
26 Reasons for Ineligible Applications (Mar. 2009) Application materials postmarked after March 24, 2009 (12)Applicant owes an existing service obligation (10)Health profession does not qualify (1)Loans do not qualify (1)Outdated application used (4)Applicant not employed in a hard to fill or retain position or the Public Mental Health System (366)
27 Reasons for Incomplete Applications (Mar. 2009) Application missing required documentation or information (67)Application not signed (3)Educational Debt Reporting Form insufficient (11)Lender statements missing required information (15)Letters of recommendation insufficient (47)Personal statement insufficient (14)Proof of licensure or registration insufficient (8)
28 Contact InformationJudy MelsonProgram Officer(800) or (916)