Mental Health Program

Featured Publications

The Suicide Prevention Toolkit

This Web-based Toolkit contains information and tools to implement state of the art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving work faces in primary care practices.

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To download a free copy, visit SPRC's website

Alaskan Core Competencies

Alaskan Core Competencies for Direct Care Workers in Health & Human Services, Version 1.0

This publication is designed to guide skill development with direct care workers, who are at times referred to as direct support workers, direct support professionals, paraprofessionals, or technicians.

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Main Areas of Focus

  • Systems Improvement
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Development
  • Research, Data and Evaluation

Supporting Solutions Across the West

What We do

The WICHE Mental Health Program is an organization dedicated to improving behavioral health systems of care in the West and beyond. By providing technical assistance, education, consulting and research services, the Program works to continually improve the qualifications of the behavioral health workforce.

Who We Are

The WICHE Mental Health Program employs a core staff of driven and passionate people, including psychologists, social workers, policy advocates, program evaluators, researchers, survey methodologists, and experts in the public behavioral health system. WICHE also recruits professional consultants with specific skills to enhance the scope of services offered.

Where We Came From

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education was established by Congress in 1953, after ratification by the legislatures of its 15 member states. In 1955, the WICHE Mental Health Program was officially established, with a mission that has remained consistent for more than half a century. Initiatives focus on the analysis and growth of the behavioral health workforce, as well as overall improvements in the public mental health system. Using a broad approach to workforce development, the Program’s various training efforts include professional staff enrichment and pre-professional staff training through applied public research and clinical practice. In addition, training is provided throughout the community to support consumer prevention, treatment and recovery efforts. The program also has a long history of delivering expert mental health services in rural areas.

How We Work

Through an Interstate Compact among its members, WICHE can undertake work on a state’s behalf through special intergovernmental agreements. Specific benefits of this regional collaboration help to increase efficiency, networking and information sharing for common goals.

Markets We Serve

  • Public Behavioral Health Systems
  • Rural Behavioral Health
  • Rural Primary Care
    - Behavioral Health Integration
  • Public Education and Training

Our Clients

  • U.S. Federal, State, and Local
  • Governments
  • State Public Behavioral Health Authorities
  • Department of Defense and Military
  • Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Higher Education Institutions

Our Capabilities

  • Needs Assessment, Action Planning, and
  • Policy Development
  • Project Management, Implementation,
  • and Technical Assistance
  • Program Evaluation, Survey Collection
  • and Analysis, and Data Improvement
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Curriculum Development and Training

Our Expertise

  • Suicide Prevention in Rural Primary Care
  • Rural Psychology Internship Consortium
  • Development
  • Integrated Care: Primary Health Care and
  • Behavioral Health – Rural Settings and
  • College Campuses
  • Systems of Care for Children and Families
  • Returning Service Member and Veterans
  • Issues
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  • Grantwriting
  • Rural Behavioral Health Workforce
  • Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prevalence and Unmet Behavioral Health
  • Need
  • State Psychiatric Hospital Structure and
  • Efficiency
  • Outcome Measures

Hawaii Department of Education is hiring
Behavioral Health Professionals

Aloha! The Hawaii Department of Education is hiring Behavioral Health Professionals for a variety of positions. Full-time employment with great benefits and staff development opportunities are currently available on the following islands: Hawaii (big island), Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai. This is a great opportunity to work in diverse multicultural educational settings with Hawaii’s students and families. Click here for more information about the requirements and qualifications needed for the positions.