School of Social Work

Mental Health Stipend Program


California has recognized a scarcity of well trained qualified social workers to address the growing needs of individuals, families and communities living with behavioral health challenges. In the effort to ease this shortage, the CSU, Chico School of Social Work, the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), and the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) have made a commitment to offer enhanced training, education, and financial assistance to qualified students. Find more information on the requirements and eligibility.

Second year, full-time MSW students who are committed to working in the field of community mental health may apply for the MH Stipend. The stipend:

  • Provides financial assistance of $18,500 for the second (concentration) year in the MSW program

  • Requires internship in a MHSA funded or contracted agency

  • Requires attendance in specialized trainings

  • Requires graduate to be employed in an approved behavioral health agency for a period equivalent to one year following graduation.

During the first five years (2005-2010) of implementation, 1,000 Mental Health (MH) Stipend students have graduated in California. Since 2005, 57 students from 10 counties have graduated through CSU, Chico's MH Stipend Program. The MH Stipend program has proven very successful in meeting the goal of training culturally competent social workers versed in public mental health. As of 2010, 94% of MH stipend graduates statewide have completed the required payback.

Please see the link for information on applying to the Mental Health Stipend Program. The 2018-19 application materials will be posted March 2018. The deadline for applications will be May 19, 2018.

For more information, contact:

Jean Schuldberg, EdD
Mental Health Stipend Coordinator
California State University, Chico