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CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Program

California Social Work Education Center - Mental Health Initiative Stipend Program (aka CalSWEC-Mental Health) is a collaborative effort between the Department of Mental Health and the Schools and Departments of Social Work to move toward a state-of-the-art, culturally competent system that promotes recovery/wellness for children, adults, and seniors with severe mental illness and serious emotional disorders. Funded through the California Department of Mental Health with Mental Health Services Act funds, CalSWEC II provides financial support to MSW students who are interested in pursuing a social work career in the public mental health field and are willing to make a commitment to work full-time in a California county out patient mental health agency or a county-contracted agency after they have received their MSW degrees.

Contingent upon annual renewal of funding, the program provides a training stipend of $18,500 per year for full-time students who will be completing their second year of field placement.

CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Program Project Co-Coordinators for CSULB are:

  • Nancy Meyer-Adams, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Sander, Ph.D.
  • Steve Wilson, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Responsibilities of CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Recipients:

Students who are accepted into this stipend program will sign a written agreement (a legal contract) which outlines their responsibilities and commitment to the CalSWEC Mental Health.  These agreements are for the students’ tenure while in the graduate MSW program and for a period of five years following their graduation.  The student recipient of the CalSWEC Stipend will agree to the following:

  1. To complete and graduate from the MSW program at CSULB within the required timelines established for each program model.
  2. To take all of the required classes, including mental health field internship placements, the approved mental health elective, and participation in two mandatory skill-building seminars on issues related to mental health, recovery model, and/or research in that regard.
  3. To have their Thesis/Project have a focus on a mental health topic in your specific concentration (either OAF or CYF).
  4. To continue to perform satisfactorily in the MSW program and remain in good academic standing (graduate GPA of 3.0 or better), including performance in field placement.
  5. To receive a security clearance/Live Scan to work in county mental health service.
  6. To inform the CalSWEC Mental Health Project Coordinators of any changes which will interrupt studies and/or delay expected graduation.
  7. To continually uphold the NASW Code of Ethics.


CalSWEC Mental Health Main Contact for CSULB Students

Nancy Meyer-Adams, Ph.D
CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Program Project Co-Coordinator

Understanding Mental Health Recovery

Barriers to Recovery: Stigma and Discrimination

Person Centered vs. Illness Centered Apprach (Ragins)

Special Disclosure Notice for All Applicants and Recipients of CSULB Social Work Stipend Programs:

Financial Aid Disclosure Policy for BASW and MSW Students Receiving Stipends, Awards or Scholarships

The School of Social Work will forward information about all students receiving stipends, awards and scholarships to the University’s Financial Aid Office. The information provided by the Department will include the student’s name, student ID number, source of funds, amount of funds and the semester/time frame of the financial award. Please be aware that this may change all funding students receive, if any, from the Financial Aid Office. Students applying for a stipend, award or scholarship are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office directly to discuss their overall financial aid package.