Continuance of the IBH Stipend Program in AY 2018-2019 is on hold, pending state funding. We will not be accepting applications for AY 2018-2019 until we are notified that funds are available. Please check the website in spring 2018 for an update.
AVAILABLE ONLY TO CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS IN THEIR FINAL YEAR OF THE MSW PROGRAM!
The Department of Social Work at CSUSM is participating in the Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend (IBH) program, a statewide training program designed to prepare MSW-level students to meet the critical demand for a diverse, skilled social work workforce for the public behavioral health service arena.
The mission of the Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend program is to develop a workforce of professionally trained and culturally competent social workers that meets the personnel needs of California’s public mental health system. With funding from the Mental Health Services Act, California Proposition 63, the program provides stipends to selected MSW students in their advanced year of study. The IBH Program operates under a contract with California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD), and UC Berkeley’s California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC).
Rooted in the Mental Health Recovery Philosophy, the Mental Health Services Act seeks to support a Strengths-based behavioral health service delivery model that embodies the principles of wellness, recovery and resilience which will enable individuals to live, work, learn, and fully participate in the communities of their choice. Behavioral Health Program stipend recipients graduate with knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to begin a professional social work career in agencies that provide recovery-oriented services to people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders and their families.
Students selected to participate in their advanced year of study receive an $18,500 stipend if enrolled full time or a $9,250 stipend if enrolled part time. Selected students must be accepted into a field internship in a county run or county contracted behavioral health program in their advanced year, and participate in specialized behavioral health electives and other trainings and colloquia that focus on the behavioral health recovery model.
Upon graduation, students will "pay back" this stipend through work service in a county run or county contracted behavioral health program, for a period of at least 6 months if they received a part-time stipend, or one year if they received a full-time stipend.
The Student will:
The following employment requirements must be met:
1. Full-time student stipend recipients will render at least one calendar year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment at a county mental health agency within the State of California, or at an agency that contracts with a county mental health agency within the State of California.
2. Part-time student stipend recipients will render at least 6 months of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment at a county mental health agency within the State of California, or at an agency that contracts with a county mental health agency within the State of California.
3. The student will secure employment within four (4) months of graduation in a county or county- funded agency in the State of California. If no county or county-funded agency position is available within a 75-mile radius from home within the aforementioned time period, the student agrees to seek employment within the State of California in a county or county-funded mental health agency.
4. If the student is unable to obtain employment and has made a "good faith" effort, a request to postpone payback for up to one year can be made. The request must be submitted in writing to the IBH Project Coordinator, with documentation attached of all efforts made to secure employment.
Students are responsible for monetary payback of the IBH stipend and any costs of collection under any of the following conditions:
The Application for the 2017-2018 program year is due by May 3rd, 2017. Please click on the links to the right to open the IBH Application and the Supplemental Application Questions.
All complete applications will be reviewed and students whose applications are considered exemplary will be invited for an in-person panel interview sometime between May 3rd and May 15th, 2017.
Candidates selected for an interview will show a deep commitment to working in public behavioral health settings, be in good academic standing in the MSW Program at CSUSM, and confirm that they have been accepted to an eligible behavioral health internship. Other desirable candidate qualities include diversity, experience as a consumer of behavioral health services, and ability to speak a language other than English.
Selected students will be notified in person and will be required to attend an IBH Program Orientation and Contract Signing by May 30th, 2017.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Eligible applicants must be accepted into a County or County contracted mental health agency internship to be considered for the stipend. Please review the IPT database for all eligible internship sites.
Jeannine Guarino, MSW, LCSW
IBH Program Coordinator