Report Describes Mental Health Program’s First Five Cohorts

The Mental Health Program’s (MHP) first five cohorts of students are highly diverse, possess the capacity to communicate in a wide range of languages, and have fulfilled their obligations to work in a mental health agency post-graduation.

This is according to the recently released Mental Health Program Student Characteristics and Employment, 2005–2010, which includes administrative data collected quarterly or annually and interviews of MHP project coordinators at each school about how the program is contributing to behavioral health workforce development.

Highlights of the report include the following:

  • Over half the students self-report that they are members of ethnic minority groups; the largest group is Hispanic/Latino/Chicano (25%). 
  • Only 43% of the students speak English exclusively. Spanish is the additional language spoken most often (34%), and many students are multi-lingual.
  • Over 30% of the students with stipends attended schools of social work in the Los Angeles area.
  • The great majority of graduates (84–96%) in each cohort worked for one year after graduation in a county or contract behavioral health agency, meeting the payback obligation requirement. The percentage of students who paid back the stipend in cash has dropped from 11% of the 2005–2006 cohort to 2% of the 2009–2010 cohort.
  • 58%–75% of graduates were still employed at the payback behavioral health agency one year after meeting the payback employment.  

Read or download the Mental Health Program Student Characteristics and Employment, 2005–2010. Learn more about the Mental Health Program.