Requirements and Eligibility

  • The Mental Health Stipend Program is available to full time, MSW Students completing their Concentration Year Field Practicum with a Mental Health focus. Students are expected to graduate in the academic year the stipend is awarded.
  • Student maintains good standing per University and School of Social Work requirements.
  • Commitment to employment in county public mental health services.
  • Application and interview process.
  • Internship in county mental health agency or community-based organization under contract to a county public mental health agency that serves voluntary mental health consumers.
  • Incorporate public mental health competencies into practicum learning contract.
  • Student agrees to obtain full-time employment (2080 hours) in an approved behavioral health agency for a period of one-year after graduation for payback obligation.
  • Monetary payback requirement if student does not complete employment commitment in the State of California.
  • Student agrees to complete required criminal background screening procedures as required by county mental health regulations.
  • Student will attest that he or she has never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime that would disqualify him or her from employment in a county public mental health agency, or a community-based organization under contract to a county public mental health agency.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by mental health agencies in California.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who possess second language capabilities.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are current employees of a county, public mental health program, or volunteer at a mental health and/or drug and alcohol services program.