Selection Criteria*

  • Final Year Students admitted into an MFT program who will have completed all their program requirements by June 2009 and will graduate in June 2009.
  • Students in good academic standing in their respective MFT programs.
  • Students who are knowledgeable about – and demonstrate an interest in and commitment to – the goals and objectives of the Mental Health Services Act. These include three core “building blocks” of recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation, cultural competency, and best practices for clinical service delivery.
  • Students agree to payback obligation of one (1) year full-time, 40 hours per week, continuous employment in a California county public mental health agency, or a community-based organization under contract to a county public mental health agency, immediately upon graduation. The service setting must be providing treatment and/or services to individuals on a voluntary basis. State hospitals, prisons, etc. who are providing services to individuals on an involuntary status are not eligible for service for MFT stipendees.
  • Students attest that they never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime that would disqualify them from service in a county public mental health agency, or a community-based organization under contract to a county public mental health agency and to complete and pass required criminal background screening procedures as required by San Diego County Behavioral Health regulations.
  • Students who reflect the culturally diverse client populations currently served by mental health agencies in California will be given priority
  • Students who are bi-lingual; i.e. possess second language capabilities both written and oral) in Spanish or a threshold language other than English and are bi-cultural; i.e. currently possess the competencies needed to deliver culturally appropriate services to their respective target populations) will be given priority
  • Students who have demonstrable financial need will be given priority

* Additional criteria may apply as contractual obligations between the MHS Stipend   Program and stipendees are further defined.