Mental Health Program Past Projects

  • In FY 11, the WICHE Mental Health Program completed a study for the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix.

  • WICHE, in partnership with SAMHSA, developed cultural competence standards in mental health across different ethnicities/races, ultimately producing the SAMHSA/CMHS National Standards for Cultural Competence. Standards, guidelines and cultural competencies for managed behavioral health services for racial/ethnic populations were produced by four national panels with the recognition that in order to provide individualized mental health services, consumers should be viewed within the context of their cultural group and their experiences from being part of that group.

  • WICHE worked with the Doña Ana County Department of Health and Human Services In New Mexico to support workforce development and community competence through the initiation of training and community development activities directed toward emergent psychiatric issues in underserved rural communitie

  • The basic mission of the Frontier Mental Health Services Resource Network is the collection, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge regarding needs for and delivery of mental health services in "frontier" rural U.S. counties (nonmetropolitan counties with population densities of less than seven persons per square mile). It also offers technical assistance to rural agencies and advocates on mental health/substance abuse topics as they impact upon or exist within such isolated rural areas.

  • The WICHE MHP provided training about the WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices during a September 2017 conference for Idaho health care providers.

  • Our military has been called to serve in harm’s way extensively since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This call has included record numbers of personnel from our nation’s reserve component, as well as the active duty forces serving multiple tours in highly stressful combat operations. The goal of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education is to ensure the success of these individuals as they return home to the WICHE West.

  • A promising practice is a given practice’s potential to become evidence-based. This potential is acknowledged in identifying an “emerging” or “promising” practice. The promising practices of today will, with sound theoretical rationale and thorough science, become the EBPs of tomorrow. For the purposes of this section, a promising practice is a behavioral health intervention that appears to be effective but does not yet have enough evaluation data to consistently demonstrate positive outcomes.

  • Through the engagement of representatives from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, this initiative sought to build a truly regional approach to the goal of expanding diversity in the health professions, thereby also helping to ensure an supply of trained workers in these rapidly growing fields.

  • The WICHE Mental Health Program presented four Webinars discussing today's crucial rural behavioral health issues for families and children.

  • Supports consumers' evaluations and assessments of state-level mental health services in South Dakota.

  • The State of South Dakota has undergone inspiring transformational changes as they continue to build a framework for statewide partnership and progress toward an integrated System of Care (SOC) that provides individualized services and supports for children, youth, and families. 

  • The WICHE research center focuses upon a range of studies to expand the science in the area of behavioral health services and policy.