In the six-plus decades since the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education established its Mental Health Program (MHP) in 1955, we have striven to improve the quality of behavioral healthcare throughout the West. Though some may ponder why a higher education organization focuses on behavioral health, the answer is very simple: A healthy mind is essential to learning and success across the entirety of our lifecycles.
Our efforts support improvements in care and help build and sustain a quality behavioral health workforce. Like other programs in WICHE’s broad and deep portfolio of work, we accomplish this by promoting innovation, cooperation, resource-sharing, and sound public policy. The WICHE MHP extends the capabilities of our partners, whom we support through technical assistance, research and evaluation, and professional development. The WICHE MHP seeks to add value through collaboration.
Our dedicated staff have been busy in 2017–18. This annual report provides you with a snapshot of our efforts across the West.