Licensed Bilingual Clinician Stipend Program Announcement

New Jersey ranks as one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse states, with large segments of its population being born outside of the United States or not speaking English as a primary language. This rich cultural diversity results in language access needs for individuals seeking or receiving mental health services.

To address language access needs, the DMHAS is making up to $1,000,000.00 of State appropriations available, on a first-come-first-serve basis, to support Licensed Bilingual Practitioners who completed their terminal degree and are eligible to deliver direct services with the requisite supervision, in the following Qualifying Disciplines: psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, professional and/or marriage and family counseling.

Qualifying Languages include, but are not limited to: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and/or Cantonese), French, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language (ALS).

Licensed Bilingual Practitioners must be employed by (or an independent contractor of) and work in a DMHAS-contracted Qualifying Agency that provides direct mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatment services in the community (e.g., outpatient, residential, etc.). Inpatient settings are not eligible for the Stipend Program.

Licensed Bilingual Practitioners must work full-time (a minimum of 28 hours per week) and use their language skills to directly serve individuals at the Qualifying Agency, in a DMHAS-funded program, for two (2) consecutive years. Licensed Bilingual Practitioners who have accepted full-time employment and are being onboarded at a Qualifying Agency also are eligible to apply. The two (2) year service period begins with the date of DMHAS Stipend Program approval or employment start date, whichever is later.

To Contracted, Licensed Mental Health Providers of Treatment Services:

The DMHAS is pleased to announce this workforce incentive program supporting licensed bilingual clinicians employed by DMHAS contracted agencies.

The attached guidance document outlines the requirements of the program along with other details about the program.  Also attached are the application, provider agency attestation, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Please review and share this with your staff that may be eligible for this program.  Should you have questions about this incentive program, please email [email protected] .

Guidance Document

Bilingual Mental Health Clinician Stipend Program Application

Provider Agency Attestation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)