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$255,168 Contract for Dept. of Social Work

Minn. Dept. of Human Services contract expands stipend program.

2013-08-29
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-29-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Social Work recently learned that the Minnesota Department of Human Services has awarded it another contract to offer the Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP), this time adding the university’s undergraduate program to the contract.

A year ago, Minnesota State Mankato became the first university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to receive a contract to offer a graduate-level Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program. The new contract funds both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the social work program at Minnesota State Mankato.

The new contract award of $255,168 will allow nine master of social work (MSW) students and 13 bachelor of science in social work (BSSW) to receive 2013-14 academic year stipends after going through an application process. MSW students receive $10,050 annually, and BSSW students receive $2,200 each semester they are in the program. Stipend recipients will receive other educational opportunities and advisement.

Contributions from the Department of Social Work and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences bring Minnesota State Mankato’s total Child Welfare Stipend Program to $498,065.

MSW students selected to receive stipends include Jade L. Blekestad, Hanska, Minn.; Macey L. Deslauriers, New Ulm, Minn.; Chad Ellis, Zumbro Falls, Minn.; Kelly Froehle, Delano, Minn.; Danielle Jones, Minneapolis; Kelly Kjarland, Stewartville, Minn.; Benjamin L. Kolling, Rochester, Minn.; Lucy Carelys Matos, Rochester, Minn.; and Katrina Ohmann-Thai, Apple Valley, Minn.

BSSW students selected to receive stipends include Kari L. Albrecht, St Peter, Minn.; Danielle Barten, New Prague, Minn.; Tiffany Breckenridge, Owatonna, Minn.; Randi Callahan, North Mankato, Minn.; Elishua Crocker, Monticello, Minn.; Rachel Ellison, Woodbury, Minn.; Haley Forsyth, Mankato; Ariel Johnson, Rockford, Minn.; Tricia Larson, Jackson, Minn.; Jenna Marie Latour, Shakopee, Minn.; Melissa Mann, Ramsey, Minn.; Lori Nelson, New Ulm, Minn.; Katelyn Reiner, Hutchinson, Minn.; and Megan Winter, Fairmont, Minn.

Please contact Associate Professor Robin R. Wingo for master of social work information, or Professor Debra Gohagan for bachelor of science in social work information. They can be reached by calling the Department of Social Work at 507-389-6504.

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON CWSP STIPEND:

Acceptance of the stipend is contingent upon the agreement that, once graduated, scholars will seek and accept employment in county, tribal, or state public child welfare positions for a specified amount of time. Under the contract, the Department of Social Work will be reimbursed for costs for administration and for developing undergraduate and graduate level child welfare specific coursework.

Last year’s contract from the Minnesota Department of Human Services was $125,680, but matching funds from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Social Work brought the contract total to $248,898. Nine MSW students received $10,050 stipends in 2012-13.

A previous partnership with the Department of Human Services resulted in more than 50 Minnesota State Mankato undergraduates receiving this stipend.

The Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program’s goal is to support the recruitment, education, and/or retention of a well-prepared public child welfare work force to enhance the service delivery system in Minnesota.

The Department of Social Work anticipates the annual renewal of this contract.

A Title IV-E Program is a federal entitlement program established by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and University of Minnesota-Duluth are the only other schools in Minnesota that currently have such programs.

“Working with the Department of Human Services on this stipend program has been a gratifying experience,” said Robin R. Wingo, master of social work field education director at Minnesota State Mankato. “What sometimes is not recognized is the partnership between our college and department and DHS is substantial – the combined contributions equal $498,065. Clearly the opportunity for investment in public child welfare is a win for every one – students get support to focus on developing their knowledge and skills for working with children and families, DHS has a pool of candidates for new hires and increased capacity in their returning employees, and the department is supported to help these scholars achieve.”

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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