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Washington State University Vancouver Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative

Funding: State of Washington, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)


The purpose of the Collaborative (and the related peer support training grant) is to develop sustainable local and statewide education, training, coaching, mentoring and technical assistance to support agencies in providing Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe). WISe refers to a model of comprehensive behavioral health services and supports to Medicaid eligible individuals, up to 21 years of age with complex behavioral health needs and their families. The goal of the program is for eligible youth to live and thrive in their homes and communities, as well as to avoid or reduce costly and disruptive out-of-home placement.

Activities of the Workforce Collaborative include:

  • supporting sustainability and capacity building of the collaborative as a mechanism to providing workforce development in children’s behavioral health across Washington State
  • coordinating all required WISe trainings
  • promoting System of Care values, especially effective family and youth engagement in behavioral health services, policy, planning, and service deliver
  • hosting and or developing educational offerings for the professional development of children’s behavioral health service providers and other stakeholders including DBHR/DSHS
  • educating students about the needs of this population
  • Developing knowledge about the effects of intensive services on quality of life of youth with complex behavioral health needs and their families

Principal Investigator

Linda Eddy
Linda Eddy, PhD, ARNP, WSU Vancouver College of Nursing

Project Director

Colleen Haller, MPH

Collaborating Partners:

  • Washington State Department of Social & Health Services
  • University of Washington