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Office of Mental Health

The New York State Office of Mental Health Schools of Social Work Project
for Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health

The NYS OMH – Schools of Social Work Project is a partnership between OMH and Schools/Departments of Social Work in New York. Students receive training and education in recovery oriented, evidence-based practices for adults diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Description of Project and goals:
The partnership began in 2001. The University at Albany School of Social Work created the U-Albany Coordinating Center (UACC) to support the project. The collaboration includes fourteen Schools or Departments of Social Work.

The primary goal of the Project is to prepare masters level social work (MSW) students entering a changing mental health service system.

Participating MSW students learn about:

Approved internships offer opportunities to learn about various practices including:

Each school has a faculty project director who coordinates the project and serves as liaison with OMH and UACC staff. OMH provides support through funding.

Overview of Project Components

List of participating schools:
14 universities and colleges take part in the Project through their Schools or Department of Social Work:

Student Award Criteria

Project faculty at each participating school selects the student award recipients. Students who meet the award requirements receive a certificate and small financial award. The faculty director verifies that students meet the following requirements:

Students may also qualify for our Diversity Incentive Awards which are open to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color (BIPOC).

We encourage students enrolled at a participating school to inquire about the Project at the Field Education office or with the Faculty Director for that program.


For more information, please send questions to: Social Work EBP Project.