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Integrative Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program

Berkeley Social Welfare is pleased to announce its participation in the San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program in academic year 2017-18. This training program is intended to provide financial support for eligible second year MSW students who are committed to careers in behavioral health and interested in the integration of behavioral health care and primary care service delivery. Participants will receive a $10,000 stipend in the second year of their MSW studies, in exchange for a commitment to participate in program-related seminar, field, training and evaluation activities, and to make good faith efforts to seek employment in integrated behavioral health care settings after graduation.

Program Funding and Purpose

This program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training initiative, the purpose of which is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce to better address the needs of medically underserved areas and populations across the lifespan.

The overall goal of this stipend and training program is to expand regional capacity for the provision of high-quality behavioral health care services to communities in need in the Bay Area, through greater integration of primary care and behavioral health care services, and the training of MSW students, social work faculty, and field placement supervisors in the IBH model.


The stipend is $10,000 per academic year. For 2017-18 we anticipate awarding 12 stipends, with funds disbursed in mid-January 2018. 

2017-18 is the first year of a four year program, so it is planned that stipends will be offered in academic years 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 as well.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive an IBH Stipend, students must be:

  • Second-year MSW students
  • In good academic standing 
  • NOT receiving another workforce development stipend this academic year (i.e. IV-E, MHSA)
  • In an approved field placement providing behavioral health services that are integrated with, co-located with, or coordinated with primary care and serve vulnerable and/or medically underserved communities
  • A U.S.. citizen or national and able to provide proof thereof
  • Able to submit a completed application by November 16, 2017.

Selection Criteria

IBH Stipend Recipients should demonstrate:

  • Experience, passion, and commitment to integrating primary care and behavioral health care services.
  • Motivation to explore and implement emerging models of care and service delivery in behavioral health.
  • Special language and/or cultural competencies that align with the service needs of vulnerable and/or underserved populations and communities in the Bay Area.
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and/or medically underserved communities and populations through behavioral health care services that are integrated, co-located, or coordinated with primary care.

Training Requirements

IBH Stipend Recipients will be required to:

  • Complete a second year field placement providing behavioral health care to vulnerable and/or medically underserved communities and populations that is integrated with, co-located with, or coordinated with primary care.
  • Complete an academic course, module or stipend seminar in Integrated Behavioral Health during AY 2017-18.
  • Complete a one day inter-professional training on Patient Safety and Communication at Samuel Merritt University’s Health Sciences Simulation Center.
  • Participate in periodic program meetings with stipend recipients, faculty, and field supervisors focused on inter-professional training.
  • Participate in the year-end regional IBH MSW stipend program symposium for all Bay Area program participants.
  • Complete pre- and post-tests and other evaluation instruments required for program reports to HRSA.
  • Stay in touch with and provide employment-related data to the program for up to three years after graduation.

For More Information

To Apply

Submit a completed online 2017-18 Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Application by Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

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