About the Mountain Plains MHTTC



The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is one of the 12 centers that make up the larger MHTTC Network. Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MHTTC network includes ten MHTTC Regional Centers, a National American Indian and Alaska Native Center, a Hispanic and Latino Center, and a Network Coordinating Office.

The primary focus of the Center is to provide training, resources, and technical assistance to individuals serving persons with mental health disorders. Particular attention is given to serving providers with limited access to service delivery systems to include a focus on rural and agricultural communities.


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A Focus on Rural Mental Health

The Mountain Plains MHTTC’s rural mental health vision is to support increased access to providers of mental health services for the more than 60 million Americans living in rural communities. To achieve this vision, the Center develops and promotes training and technical assistance that supports the rural mental health workforce. This includes enhancing access to training and technical assistance that reduces barriers to mental health treatment for rural residents and agricultural communities.


A Focus on School-Based Mental Health

The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) has developed training, technical assistance, and resources to support school-based mental health. The MHTTC team continues to develop online resource guides and toolkits as well as curricula and self-paced training to assist school professionals in understanding and implementing core concepts of best practices in school mental health. The Mountain Plains MHTTC team members are also available for technical assistance and in-person or distance training on topics and issues most relevant to your school, district, or state.


Goals of the Mountain Plains MHTTC

  1. Accelerate the adoption and implementation of mental health related evidence-based practices.
  2. Heighten the workforce's awareness, knowledge, and skills, addressing the needs of individuals living with mental illness.
  3. Ensure availability and delivery of free mental health training, technical assistance, and resources.
  4. Foster regional and national alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policymakers, family members, and consumers of mental health services.


Mountain Plains MHTTC Team


The Mountain Plains MHTTC team includes faculty and staff from the University of North Dakota (UND), program staff from the Behavioral Health Program at the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE), and staff at the Center for the Application for Substance Abuse Treatment (CASAT) at the University of Nevada-Reno.

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Technical Trainers

  • Andrew McLean, MD, MPH
    Department Chair and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, UND
  • Sarah Nielsen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
    Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, UND
  • Maridee ​Shogren DNP, CNM, CLC
    Dean, Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, UND
  • Lavonne Fox Peltier, PhD, OTR/L
    Vice President of Academic Affairs, TMTCC
  • Robin Landwehr DBH, LPCC
    Integrated Care Director, Spectra Health


Other Staff

  • Nancy Roget
    Director, Enhanced Professional Learning Series, CASAT
  • Trisha Dudkowski
    Project Coordinator, Enhanced Professional Learning Series, CASAT


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