We are happy to announce that Jump Start will be running its 22nd session in fall 2017.

Jump Start is a 12 week, full time, subsidized (free to participants) fellowship for individuals interested in working in the community mental health field. The fellowship is open to anyone with at least 24 college units (any courses) and who demonstrate proficiency in writing and speaking in English.  Candidates who meet the qualifications and have one or more of the following will be given preference:   Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in any discipline, individuals who have lived experience and/or family members and individuals  from un-served and/or underserved ethnic minority populations.   Participants will be trained in the classroom and gain firsthand experience during an assigned internship. Upon graduation, Fellows receive a certificate as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist. It is a great program for people who need the experience to get their foot in the door.

If you know anyone who may be interested in the program or could benefit from it, please feel free to share the information. If you or anyone you may recommend have any questions, contact us at or call us at (562) 285 – 1330 ext. 1052.

Jump Start Session 22, Fall 2017

September 11 – December 1, 2017

Application Deadline: July 14, 2017

To apply, visit

Phone: (562) 285 – 1330 ext. 1052


We strongly encourage persons in recovery from mental illness and family members of persons with mental illness to apply.

Thank you for helping us spread the word and recruit the next cohort of Jump Start Fellows!

Thank you,

The Jump Start Team