Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Stipend Program for MSW Students

MHSA MSW Stipend Program

The MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Program for MSW Students was a statewide program that provided specialized training and stipend support to MSW students committed to post-graduation employment in California’s public behavioral health system. Funded through MHSA Workforce Education and Training funds and administered first by California’s Department of Mental Health (DMH) and then by the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), the MHSA Stipend Program served 2373 MSW students at 22 accredited MSW programs between academic years 2005-06 and 2018-19. The IBH Program continues to track MHSA graduates and evaluate the impact of the program, most recently through a retrospective study that examined training outcomes, career trajectories and retention in public service among program graduates.

Click links below for highlights of the MHSA Stipend Program Restrospective Study:

MHSA Stipend Program Retrospective Study Executive Summary

MHSA Stipend Program Retrospective Study Highlights: Retention

MHSA Stipend Program Retrospective Study White Paper