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The Dean’s Office, and our Offices of Graduate Medical Education, Student Affairs, and the Graduate Program in Bioscience, are all committed to ensuring that David Geffen School of Medicine medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows remain mentally healthy while completing their training program.
We invite you to explore the Behavioral Wellness Center site at medschool.ucla.edu/bwc.
What will you find?
-Short-term individual psychotherapy
-Information about community-based services and resources
(Services rendered through BWC are covered by insurance and co-pays have been waived)
Phone: (310) 825-9605Email: BWC@mednet.ucla.eduLocation: 17-253L CHS (first floor of the UCLA Center for Health Sciences)
Administrative Office Hours: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM with clinicians available for early morning, daytime and evening sessions.
We’re excited you are taking the time to apply for CalFresh and get the resources you deserve to survive/thrive as a student! Please see more information below on how you may be eligible and how to apply.
If you are in a California Dept. Social Services (CDSS)-approved Student Employment Program, you are most likely eligible for CalFresh.
The following UCLA programs are currently listed as approved student employment programs by CDSS: Juris Doctor Program at UCLA School of Law, Medical Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at UCLA School of Dentistry, or Master's Entry Clinical Nurse Program at UCLA School of Nursing. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply. And you must make under the monthly income threshold for your household size.
If you are planning on applying for CalFresh, we highly recommend coming to our office hours so we can confirm that you submit your application and verification documents correctly. Make sure to thoroughly review the "Apply for CalFresh" and "Verification Documents" sections below, before applying.
Click here for COVID-19 CalFresh Updates.
Click here for COVID-19 UCLA Basic Needs Resource Guide.
CalFresh is California's version of SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a federally-funded food assistance program. Many students qualify for CalFresh and can receive up to $194/month to spend on groceries. Once enrolled, participants will receive an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card in the mail, which is reloaded monthly and functions as a debit card at participating grocery stores.
Apply for CalFresh
You can apply anytime for CalFresh online at getcalfresh.org/s/ucla. The most important parts of the application are highlighted below.
Here is a step-by-step video tutorial by our CalFresh team for completing the application.
Summer Session C (8/3-8/27) Office Hours are held online, Monday 10:00am - 2:00pm and Thursday 1:00pm - 5:00pm via Zoom. Students can schedule appointments via our Calendly. If students have any other inquiries, they can email us at email@example.com.
Please have these documents ready when you apply for CalFresh. Your application will not be approved without these documents.
What's Next (After Submitting the Application):
Mail: DPSS sends all important information via the mail. You should receive a letter in the mail within 2 weeks after you apply for CalFresh with your case information. You can contact your caseworker via the phone number provided in this letter. You can also use your case number provided in the letter to create your Your Benefits Now (YBN) account and log in to the DPSS Mobile App, to check the status of your case and update your verification documents.
Phone Interview: *SUSPENDED DURING COVID-19* If you apply online, you should be contacted within 2 weeks for a phone interview. This is required to complete the CalFresh application. If you miss the call, you can call your case worker's phone number or the customer service line: 866-613-3777. Please contact us if you do not receive a phone interview within 2 weeks.
Approval or Denial: The CalFresh application takes up to 30 days to process. You will receive a letter in the mail stating your approval or denial for CalFresh. If you were denied and believe this to be an error, please contact us. If you are approved, you will receive more follow-up mail that contains your EBT card and your pin #. Check here for what you can purchase with your CalFresh benefits.
SAR-7: If you are approved for CalFresh, be prepared to fill out a recertification / SAR-7 every 6 months for renewal of your benefits. The SAR-7 can be completed online on your YBN account or through getcalfresh.org/s/ucla. It includes filling out a SAR-7 form and uploading your most recent verification documents.
The CalFresh Initiative at UCLA
Summer Session A Office Hours: Mon. 10am-2pm; Thurs. 1-5pm via Zoom
Book an Appointment: https://calendly.com/uclacalfresh
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