Mental Health Stipend Program

Mental Health News

Dr. Maura O'Keefe, Coordinator 

ADMISSIONS dates & deadlines
for the 2014-2015 
Health Stipend Program.


November - December 2013

ADMISSIONS deadline:

January 10, 2014

Interviews Held on:
Jan 20 - Feb 24, 2014

Conditional Acceptance by:
TBD, 2014

Final Acceptance by:
May 30, 2014

Spring 2014 Seminar Schedule
(Current Stipend Cohort only):

All Seminars are at 12:15 - 2:15pm

Feb 14  - California Suite

March 7 - California Suite

March 21 - Lobby Suite

April 4 - Auburn Room

April 18  - Auburn Room  cancel

May 9 - California Suite

For Licensure Information 
Please check with:
California Board
of Behavioral Sciences


The Division of Social Work at Sacramento State is pleased to announce its participation in the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) II, Mental Health Initiative. Anchored in the philosophy of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Initiative (Proposition 63), the workforce training components provide a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform how mental health care is conceptualized and delivered in California. This transformation will include a move toward a state-of-the-art culturally competent system that promotes recovery/wellness through independence, hope, personal empowerment, and resiliency for adults and seniors with severe mental illness and for children with serious emotional disorders and their families (CalSWEC II, Mental Health Initiative, pp. 4-5).

The current workforce initiative provides a training stipend of $18,500 per year for second year graduate level social work students who are selected into the Mental Health Stipend Program (MHSP).  The MHSP is currently funded as a year to year contract with California Department of Mental Health. Funding levels and programmatic specifications may vary as contractual obligations are negotiated from year to year.

MHSP Eligibility  

CalSWEC has developed broad student eligibility criteria for admission to the stipend program. Universities may require additional criteria (e.g., specific pre-requisites), as each Social Work program has different configurations of curriculum and course offerings. In general, however, it is expected that upon completion of the MHSP, students will meet both Foundation and Advanced competencies.

General Curriculum Requirements  

In addition to the regular academic schedule of courses for the Advanced year (SWRK 204C/D, SWRK 500, SWRK 295C/D, SWRK 251), students must take SWRK 262 (Social Work Practice in Psychosocial Rehabilitation), SWRK 223 (DSM-IV:New Developments in Psychodiagnosis), and a seminar which meets bi-weekly throughout the stipend year. It is also recommended that MHSP students choose from one of the following electives as their remaining elective during their advanced year: SWRK 224 (Advanced Mental Health Practice), SWRK 225 (Advanced Group Work Methods), SWRK 230 (Geriatric Health/Mental Health), or SWRK 226 (Family Intervention: Contemporary Issues in Social Work Practice).

Email Dr. Maura O'Keefe
MH Stipend Coordinator