MHSA Stipend Program

The MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Program is a training program available to MSW students at 19 accredited MSW programs across the state of California. The program’s central goal is to develop California’s public behavioral health care workforce by supporting and enhancing the professional training of skilled and culturally competent social work students who are committed to working in California’s public behavioral health care system after graduation.

Coordinated by CalSWEC since 2005, the MHSA Stipend Program is funded through MHSA Workforce Education and Training funds and administered by California’sOffice of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD). Through its partner schools, the IBH Program provides MHSA stipends to over 150 students in full-time, part-time, and distance based MSW programs each year. MHSA Stipend recipients participate in specified academic coursework and field experiences that prepare them to apply the recovery model, emphasizing wellness, recovery, and resilience, in their work within California’s public systems of care.

To access MHSA Stipend Program forms, helpful links, and other resources, please visit the Resources page of this site.

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