Mental Health Program

Main Areas of Focus

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

Current Projects

  • WICHE is working with the Alaska Psychiatric Institute to develop a Project Management Plan to improve staffing efficiency and effectiveness for their acute care inpatient services.

  • The Alaska Psychology Internship Program (AK-PIC) represents a collaborative effort among five agencies across the state of Alaska to provide training to prepare competent Alaskan psychologists.

  • Integrated care addresses the issue of receiving quality mental health treatment for depression within a primary care setting.Since most rural Americans obtain their mental health care through primary care providers, rather than specialty mental health providers, one focus of the WICHE MHP is to expand knowledge around supporting adoption of evidence-based practices in primary care and the potential impact of such adoption on health outcomes for the consumer.

  • Throughout the past 50 years the WICHE Mental Health Program has been actively engaged in mental health workforce development activities for the West.

  • The WICHE Mental Health Program has recently written a successful application to receive funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Network Development Planning Grant,

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

  • 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

  • Enables interstate collaboration for improving data infrastructure and performance measurement in public mental health systems.

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