OSHPD-Healthcare Workforce Development Division: April 2018


The CMSP Loan Repayment Program increases the number of primary care physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and dentists practicing in medically underserved areas. CMSP in partnership with the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) assists with the repayment of qualified educational loans for primary care healthcare professionals who provide healthcare services at an approved site located in the 35 CMSP counties.

For more information on the CMSP loan repayment program, visit 

2018 CMSP Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle

The 2018 CMSP Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now closed. CMSP received 66 applications during this cycle, a 37 percent increase from 2017. OSHPD will notify applicants selected for awards in May 2018.

The Mini Grants Program awards up to $15 thousand to institutions to support conferences, workshops, or career exploration activities to expose students to health careers. Emphasis is placed on behavioral health careers and programs that target underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged individuals.
For more information on the Mini-Grants program, visit https://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/HCTP-Mini-Grants.html.

2017/18 Mini Grants Application Cycle

The 2017-18 Mini Grants application cycle is now closed.Mini Grants received 54 applications. OSHPD will notify awarded organizations on May 16, 2018.

The Shortage Designation Program serves as the State’s Primary Care Office (PCO) and liaison to the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA). The PCO is responsible for recommending federal shortage designations, providing technical assistance on HRSA programs, and collaborating with statewide partners and stakeholders on clinician recruitment and retention.
For more information on the Shortage Designation Program, visit https://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/CalPCO.html.
2018 National Health Services Corps’ (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle

The NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is open through

April 23, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. The NHSC Loan Repayment Program assists in the recruitment and retention of medical, nursing, dental, and mental health clinicians in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The program offers educational loan repayments to providers of eligible health disciplines in exchange for practicing in a HPSA.

For more information regarding the NHSC program, visit https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/loanrepaymentprogram.html.


Song-Brown awards grants to training programs committed to increasing the number of primary care providers in California.

For more information on the Song-Brown program, visit https://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/Song-Brown-Program.html.

2018-19 Song-Brown Application Cycle

The Primary Care Residency (PCR) application will open on April 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Applications are due May 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Registration is currently open.

Register and apply online through CalREACH at https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov.
Song-Brown held a technical assistance webinar and has posted the 2018 PCR Grant Guide and technical assistance presentation with questions and answers at https://oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/Song-Brown-Program.html. For technical assistance regarding the application, email SongBrown@oshpd.ca.gov.

California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission Meetings

The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission will hold its annual policy meeting on June 13-14, 2018 at OSHPD headquarters in Sacramento.

For agenda and meeting materials, visit

Song-Brown Family Physician Training Act Contributions

As physicians, you can help increase access to quality care for many of California’s underserved populations by voluntarily contributing $25 to Song-Brown when you renew your physician license. Your contributions will support a program that has been committed to serving primary care programs throughout the state for over 40 years.


The WET program aims to reduce the shortage of mental health practitioners in the public mental health system through grants that support stipends, educational capacity, consumer and family member employment, peer personnel preparation, workforce retention, and pipeline programs as well as regional partnerships.

For more information on the WET Program, please visit http://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/wet.html.
Public Mental/Behavioral Health Pipeline Program
Request for Application (RFA)
OSHPD released the Public Mental/Behavioral Health Pipeline Program RFA on

April 2,2018. This RFA will fund organizations to support the implementation of new, or to supplement existing, mental health pipeline programs. Applications are due by May 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm.


April 11, 2018–Song-Brown PCR Program application opens

May 11, 2018–WET Public Mental/Behavioral Health Pipeline Program application due

May 14, 2018–Song-Brown PCR Program application closes

May 16, 2018–Mini Grants awardees announced

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