OSHPD: Healthcare Workforce Development Division Announcements



OSHPD New Address
Healthcare Workforce Development Division (HWDD) has moved!  The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s Sacramento headquarters has moved to 2020 West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95833.

2017 SLRP Application Cycle

SLRP increases the number of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists, and licensed mental/behavioral healthcare professionals practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). SLRP assists with the repayment of qualified educational loans for eligible primary health care professionals in exchange for working in a HPSA.

The 2017 SLRP application cycle opened on August 1, 2017 and closes October 1, 2017. Apply online through CalREACH at: https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov

For more information, visit: http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/slrp.html


SLRP Practice Sites

SLRP requires all potential practice sites to create a Practice Site Profile (PSP) to verify the site is in a HPSA, is in compliance with federal requirements, and is willing to match award funds. Clinical practice sites can recruit and retain providers who provide care in underserved communities by becoming a SLRP approved site. Create a PSP through CalREACH at: https://calreach.oshpd.ca.gov


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, please visit http://oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/wet.html

Peer Personnel Training and Placement Request for Application (RFA)

OSHPD released the Peer Personnel Training and Placement RFA on July 21, 2017 with a minimum of $2 million in available funding. This RFA will fund organizations to support, train, and place individuals who are currently or seeking to be employed and/or volunteer as peer personnel in the Public Mental Health System.

To view the RFA, go to https://oshpd.ca.gov/documents/hwdd/wet/2017/peer-personnel-training-placement-rfa-final.pdf

Final Date for Application Submission is September 19, 2017.


Workforce, Education and Training Public Mental/Behavioral Health Pipeline Program Awards

OSHPD awarded grants to organizations to support the implementation of new, or to supplement existing, mental health pipeline programs. Awardees include:

•       Alameda County Office of Education http://www.acoepathways.org/wellnessproject

•       Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School www.hphsjaguars.com

•       California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) www.cibhs.org

•       John F. Kennedy University http://www.jfku.edu/pipelinegrant

•       Public Health Institute www.facesforthefuture.org

•       Reach Out http://we-reachout.org/

•       San Diego Youth Services www.sdyouthservices.org

•       Stanford Youth Solutions www.youthsolutions.org

•       The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco www.ucsf-ahp.org

•       Ventura County Behavioral Health Department http://www.vchca.org/agency-divisions/behavioral-health


Song-Brown Application Release Dates

Song-Brown awards grant funds to training programs committed to increasing the number of primary care providers in California. The Song-Brown Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant application opened August 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM.

The Primary Care and Family Medicine Residency application opens

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM. In anticipation of the release, OSHPD will hold a webinar on August 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM. Please visit http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/hwdd/song-brown-program.html for important dates, times, and additional Song-Brown resources.


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.



August 1, 2017 – SLRP application cycle opened

August 2, 2017 – Song-Brown FNP/PA application available

August 14, 2017 – Song-Brown FM/PC Residency Webinar

August 15, 2017 – Song-Brown FM/PC Residency application available

September 19, 2017 – Mental Health WET Peer Personnel application due

November 29-30, 2017 – Song-Brown FM/PC Residency Funding Meeting

January 10-11, 2018 – Song-Brown FNP/PA Funding Meeting

February 27-28, 2018 – Song-Brown RN Funding Meeting


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