HRSA grant supports stipend program in integrated behavioral health

Saturday, September 30, 2017

MSW programs at SF State and three other universities to benefit from program

The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), a statewide coalition of social work educators and practitioners hosted by the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, has received a grant totaling $1,750,302 through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) initiative. The four-year award will support CalSWEC’s San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program.

This initiative will provide stipends and interdisciplinary training for MSW students, faculty and field supervisors at four Bay Area partner universities, including SF State; the University of California, Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; and San Jose State University. A total of 21 stipends will be distributed in 2017-18, and 30 will be distributed each subsequent academic year during the grant period.

“Through this training program, each school’s field program will continue to grow and strengthen integrated behavioral health field placement opportunities for their students and will work with agencies to strengthen the inter-professional nature of the training provided to interns,” notes CalSWEC Integrated Behavioral Health Director Dr. E. Maxwell Davis. “As more Bay Area agencies adopt integrated behavioral health models and become more responsive to the needs of vulnerable and medically underserved communities, MSWs trained through this program will be well equipped to become leaders in collaborative, multi-disciplinary integrated behavioral health care settings.”

Susanna Jones, director SF State's School of Social Work, says “This is an exciting opportunity for the School of Social Work at SF State to participate in such a cutting-edge program that trains the integrated behavioral health workforce in ways that will transform the health care needs of our communities across the nation.”

The funding period for the CalSWEC’s HRSA BHWET grant begins September 30.