Healthcare and Behavioral Health Stakeholders

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

WICHE is closely monitoring the outbreak of “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes, which has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). To inform and facilitate your response to a rapidly changing situation, WICHE has compiled the following set of resources, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

  • 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.

  • WICHE MHP partners with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to support fidelity reviews of four evidence-based practices in the Maricopa County public behavioral health system. WICHE MHP supports the Project Lead and three fidelity reviewers.

  • WICHE MHP collaborates with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care to provide trainings, education, and guidance concerning evidence-based practices (EBPs) and fidelity tools to ensure provider staff are offering high quality EBPs and are ensuring fidelity to identified EBPs protocols.

  • WICHE MHP collaborates with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care to develop a training academy to increase workforce expertise through implementing training strategies for three evidence-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Transition to Independence Model, and Cognitive

  • 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 program has extensive expertise in regional planning, consensus-building, and knowledge synthesis and dissemination.

  • The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has been awarded a System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • WICHE MHP continues to collaborate with the Denver-based Veterans Administration Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Veteran Suicide Prevention-VISN 19 to develop and pilot-test a Veterans suicide prevention program for rural communities.

  • Mental Health Colorado retained WICHE MHP to create a toolkit for advocates to use to improve school-based mental health and substance misuse services for students.

  • WICHE MHP completed an update of the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care and associated patient management tools using funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. WICHE MHP will be providing toolkit trainings in Colorado over the next several months.

  • The Hawai‘i Department of Health, Childrens and Adolescent Mental Health Division, retained WICHE MHP to review the Division’s quality improvement processes across four domains, including program monitoring, clinical quality, billing compliance, and customer and client service.  Five other states

  • The Hawai‘i Department of Education continues to contract with WICHE MHP to provide marketing, recruitment, screening, and referral services for behavioral health professionals to fill public school vacancies across the Hawai‘ian Islands.

  • The Hawai‘i Department of Health, Early Interventions Section (EIS), retained WICHE MHP to analyze differences in reimbursement rates paid by other state EIS agencies across the country for various disciplines (including occupational therapy, speech therapy, etc.).

  • WICHE MHP continues to assist the state of Hawai‘i in the development and operation of an ultimately accredited psychology internship consortium. A primary goal of the internship program is the establishment of a pipeline to build Hawai‘i’s behavioral health workforce.

  • 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, in order to develop a rural psychology internship consortium in Hawaii.

  • The WICHE MHP provided training about the WICHE Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices during a September 2017 conference for Idaho health care providers.

  • The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and WICHE MHP provide support and funding for the ongoing development and operations of the Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium, which aims to establish a pipeline to build Nevada’s behavioral health workforce.

  • WICHE MHP continues to assist the Oregon State Hospital Psychology Internship Training Program by providing support for the internship website.

  • WICHE's Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 10 western states and the CNMI to enroll in selected out-of-state professional healthcare programs and pay reduced tuition.

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

  • The State of South Dakota has undergone inspiring transformational changes as they continue to build a framework for statewide partnership and progress toward an integrated System of Care (SOC) that provides individualized services and supports for children, youth, and families. 

  • 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

  • The Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, retained WICHE MHP to provide technical assistance to reduce the average length of stay at the Utah State Hospital for forensic patients being restored to competency to stand trial.

  • The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of WICHE member states to enroll in 900+ graduate programs at 60 participating institutions outside of their home state and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition.

  • 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.