New Partnership with CSU Fullerton Department of Social Work

New Partnership with CSU Fullerton Department of Social Work

Crittenton Services is proud to announce that we are 1 of 6 organizations selected to work with the CSUF Department of Social Work as an internship field site for Master of Social Work students over the next four years. The goals of this partnership are to alleviate the projected shortage of mental health care workers by 2028 and to help boost the number of behavioral health care workers from diverse backgrounds.

“Crittenton is looking forward in working with the CSUF Department of Social Work in order to help train and mentor the next generation of human services, social work, and behavioral health professionals. We’ve been long-time community partners and have enjoyed working collaboratively with CSUF faculty and students throughout the years. These types of partnerships don’t just help recruit and retain a talented workforce but most importantly this helps underserved communities with additional access and resources to overall well-being,” said a Crittenton Services spokesperson.

The CSUF Department of Social Work received a four-year, $1.9 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. In addition, the funding will not just help triple the number internships and field placements of social work graduate students in medically underserved communities, but this grant will also help CSUF develop an enhanced curriculum integrating telehealth, and provide health training and career development services to students pursuing these career fields.

The pandemic highlighted the reality of how critically important access to mental health truly is, and in particular COVID-19 shined a glaring light on the health disparities experienced by BIPOC communities across the country. This grant will also address this issue as well by helping to train students and behavioral health care providers to better serve the Latinx and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Two of Southern California’s fastest growing populations.

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Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a nonprofit child welfare and mental health organization whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966, Crittenton has an experienced and dedicated workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive mental health services, shelter care, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a continuum of care programming effort that includes short-term residential, family preservation, integrated behavioral health, wraparound services, outpatient mental health, school-linked mental health, transitional age youth programming, and foster care services with a service plan area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.

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