Field Education - Stipend Programs - CalSWEC - Mental Health

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For further information, please contact:


Carol Mroz, MSW
CalSWEC Project Coordinator
(323) 343-5705


CalSWEC Mental health Stipend Program

California Social Work Education Center - Mental Health Stipend Program (CalSWEC Mental Health) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Mental Health and the Schools and Departments of Social Work to move toward a state-of-the-art, culturally competent system that promotes recovery/wellness for children, adults, and seniors with severe mental illness and serious emotional disorders. Through an interagency agreement with the Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), the Mental Health Program provides funding for stipends for MSW students at California schools of social work who are planning careers in the mental health system.  Students must be willing to make a commitment to work full-time in a California county mental health agency or a county contracted agency after they have received their MSW degrees.

Stipend:  The program provides a training stipend of $18,500 per year for final year students who will be completing their 2nd year field placement. 

Admission:  Students must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to mental health services as described in the Mental Health Services Act.  Applications for the stipend are distributed to interested students during the 2nd year MSW placement process.