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.