MHSA Stipend: The community feedback period for this idea began on 8/8/2018 and ended on 10/6/2018. *STATUS UPDATE*

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.

Additional Information

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.


July 18, 2018


Please elaborate on the innovative component.

It seems the innovative component described is the partnership between MHSA and the CSUF MSW program. If so, please provide more information about the following:

What do we hope to learn from this partnership that is new or different from the other stipend programs and partnerships that currently exist such as Title IVE CalSWEC program?

What are the benefits of bringing these specific groups together and how will this partnership contribute to improving the system of care?

To my understanding, there is no current partnership between MHSA and CSUF MSW in this capacity. What is new and innovative is the opportunity to work collaboratively in developing a stipend program that will be catered to the needs to MHSA and injecting best practice and MHSA innovative ideas into CSUF MSW programs.

Along with cultivating new students, both MHSA and CSUF can work on recruiting current employees as well to help increase the work force staff’s knowledge.

This in turn will provide a better and smoother transition for the new graduates into the work force reducing. Improve work performance from existing employees, provide opportunities for advancement.

The stipend program will focus on education and training, evaluation, and community collaboration efforts in behavioral health care workforce development. The program coordinates between the school and county to collect data and to communicate the needs of the county while the CSUF will education and work with students through classes and internship to practice best case practices.

CSUF will use emerging models to address the needs of California’s evolving service delivery systems, and seek to develop new projects focused on all levels of workforce development and program evaluation.

Innovations Team

Thank you for your idea submission. Upon review and discussion, it was determined that there are many stipend programs available and the creation of a collaborative partnership alone does not contribute to new learning in the field of mental health. The Innovation team is unable to continue exploring this idea under the MHSA Innovation component as currently proposed.

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