Introducing Integrated Behavioral Health

The CalSWEC Mental Health Program Has a New Name!

Effective July 1, 2016, the CalSWEC Mental Health Program has become the CalSWEC Integrated Behavioral Health Program. This change, approved by CalSWEC’s Board of Directors in May 2016, was initiated in order to update program language associated with behavioral health and to reflect CalSWEC’s commitment to the integration of all of its current and future areas of focus.

CalSWEC’s transition to Integrated Behavioral Health also reflects its aspirations to serve more students in diverse ways, potentially developing stipends and other programs for students pursuing careers in non-County-affiliated behavioral health settings, substance abuse treatment settings, and primary and specialty care integrated health settings, as well as students committed to working with older adults and consumers engaged with corrections systems.

Renamed MHSA Stipend Program Continues
CalSWEC launched the Mental Health Initiative in 2003, and in 2005 the Mental Health Program’s stipend program was successfully funded though the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Workforce Education and Training initiative. That stipend program offers support to Master of Social Work (MSW) students committed to working in California’s public mental health system.

The MHSA-funded stipend program will continue under a new contract that extends from July 2016 until June 2021 and will be known as the MHSA Stipend Program moving forward. Dr. E. Maxwell Davis, Director of the Mental Health Program, is now Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Program.