CalSWEC Public Mental Health Educational Stipend
Thank you for your interest in the Public Mental Health Educational Stipend Project at San Francisco State University School of Social Work. SF State is one of 21 schools of social work in California that receive stipends through the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC). The purpose of the program is to train diverse, culturally competent social workers committed to working in community mental health in California. Funding for the program comes from the Mental Health Services Act, which passed in 2004 in California as Proposition 63, and focuses on services that support recovery and wellness for people throughout the lifespan who suffer from serious emotional illnesses.
Educational stipends of $18,500 are awarded to students in their final year of the MSW Program, and was only available in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Students were invited to apply in December, with applications due in January. The basic qualifications were:
o Demonstrated commitment to providing strengths-based, culturally competent services to people experiencing serious mental health symptoms.
o On track to graduate in May of the following year.
o Able to meet the attached declarations.
Students were expected to develop a range of competencies for public mental health through their field and classroom experiences. After graduation, students "payed back" the stipend by working in an MSW-level position in community mental health for one calendar year. For purposes of this program at both the internship and employment level, "community mental health" means behavioral health services provided either at the county level or the nonprofit agencies with whom they contract.
For more information, please view brochure, eligibility criteria and fact sheet attached. You may also contact the School of Social Work at 415-338-1003.