What is the problem that needs to be addressed? Please describe how it is related to mental health.
To improve and encourage MHSA employees to get their MSW’s to better understand and serve OC’s mental health consumers and their families by providing stipends with a contract.
Why is this a concern for Orange County? What can Orange County and other counties learn from this project?
To promote and improve OC MHSA work force. Similar programs have been implemented with great success both on a state and nationwide.
What is currently being done to resolve this problem in our county and throughout the United States? If applicable: Is it working; why or why not?
Providing a stipend with a one/two year contract has been proven to retention and increase employment satisfactions hence creating a stronger workforce which ultimately improve direct care to consumers and their families.
What is new or different about this project idea? Please describe how this differs from what is already being done (Question 6). Please list any research that was done on this topic.
Although there are similar programs/stipends but there is no stipend program between MHSA and CSUF MSW program. As the Project Coordinator for the Title IVE CalSWEC program, my understanding is that there has never been a partnership like this ever.
What is the project idea? Please describe how this project will operate.
MHSA will provide a set number of stipends available for eligible employees. CSUF MSW program will provide the education and work with MHSA in providing appropriate internships with a contract and expectation that all stipend recipients commits to working for MHSA in an equivalent position for at least 1-2 years based on the amount of stipend received.
As mentioned, the Project Coordinator for the Title IV E for OC SSA Children and Family Services, there are local, state, and national data that supports such a program.
I would love the opportunity to meet to further to discuss my idea and provide any data that you my want to see.
Thank you for the opportunity.