WICHE Awarded $79,912 Grant from Arizona-Based Mercy Care

  • Year Published : 2023
  • Month Published : November

Grant to Support ‘Expansion of Competency and Evidence-Based Practices in Trauma-Informed Treatment’ Program



BOULDER, Colorado – The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been awarded a 2023 Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment Grant in the amount of $79,912.

Mercy C.A.R.E.S., which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Service, is Mercy Care’s community giving initiative. Through grant funding, sponsorships, volunteer efforts and board participation, Mercy C.A.R.E.S. supports Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which addresses social risk factors to improve health outcomes.

“The WICHE Behavioral Health Program is honored to partner with Mercy Care. This is our eighth year of working together to deepen the adoption of evidence-based practices through effective training,” said Dennis Mohatt, WICHE vice president for behavioral health.  “We know that by supporting our behavioral health workforce through continued professional growth, not only do we support better care, but we also support workers and those they serve to thrive.”

The grant will fund expansion of competency and evidence-based practices in trauma informed treatment, which will focus on trainings for the following evidence-based practices:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): substance use disorders, including opioids
  • Infant Toddler Mental Health training series
  • Trauma focused-cognitive behavioral treatment (TF-CBT), including trauma responsive CBT strategies for paraprofessionals: trauma-responsive CBT strategies when working with individuals with developmental delays/disabilities and/or those engaged in foster care

“Mercy Care is thrilled to provide WICHE with a Community Reinvestment Grant. As an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Arizonans, and particularly those who are underserved with complex health needs, we are happy to partner with WICHE in making a positive impact on our community,” said Trisha Stuart, Mercy Care director of community relations.

“Through Mercy C.A.R.E.S., we partner with organizations across the state whose health focus areas align with ours such as managing chronic conditions, supporting mental health and well-being, addressing housing insecurity, and empowering recovery for substance use.”


About Mercy Care

Mercy Care is a not-for-profit Medicaid managed-care health plan, serving Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) members in Arizona since 1985. Mercy Care is a local company sponsored by Dignity Health and Ascension Health. Mercy Care provides access to physical and behavioral health care services for Medicaid-eligible families, children, seniors, and individuals with developmental/cognitive disabilities. Learn more at www.MercyCareAZ.org.


The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) works collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all residents of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Visit www.wiche.edu.

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