Mental Health Loan Assumption Program (MHLAP)

Type Scholarship
Amount $10,000

12 month service obligiation

Duration Year


MHLAP was created by the Mental Health Services Act (Act), passed by California voters in November 2004. The Act provided funding to develop a loan forgiveness program in order to retain qualified professionals working within the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). Through the Workforce Education and Training component of the Act, $10 million is allocated yearly to loan assumption awards.

To view criteria from Counties who have asked us to post, click on the appropriate link below:

Eligible Professions: Counties determine which professions are eligible for their County’s hard-to-fill or retain positions. Some of the eligible professions include, but are not limited to, Registered or Licensed Psychologists, Registered or Licensed Psychiatrists, Postdoctoral Psychological Assistants, Postdoctoral Psychological Trainees, Registered or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Registered or Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Interns, and Registered or Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners in California. Support, managerial and/or fiscal staff may be eligible.


This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.

More Information

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development