Providing Mental Health Services to TANF Recipients: Program Design Choices and Implementation Challenges in Four States. M.S.W. Interns


Utah is the only study state that uses M.S.W. student interns to provide mental health services to TANF recipients under the supervision of an LCSW. Interns are trained by the program manager and perform many of the same functions as the full-time social workers, such as performing clinical assessments, consulting with employment case managers, attending staffings, referring and monitoring treatment, and conducting short-term therapy. The advantage of using interns is that they are a less costly way to expand staff capacity. The challenge, at times, is providing the supervision and mentoring support that interns require.

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