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Great Lakes MHTTC Enters Year 3!

Lou Kurtz, Co-Director, Great Lakes MHTTC
Publication Date: Oct 08, 2020

The Great Lakes MHTTC began its third year of operation on August 15, 2020. Central to our work plan and training and technical assistance infrastructure is the existing network of subcontractors within our region. State-level subcontractors (also called “nodes”) promoted MHTTC events and products, help determine workforce training and TA needs, and coordinate events that meet the unique needs of the behavioral health workforce in their states. The following provider associations are collaborating with Great Lakes MHTTC:

Wisconsin Association of Family and Children's Agencies (WAFCA)

Illinois Association for Behavioral Health

Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN) 

Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (dba Community Mental Health Association of Michigan) 

With the advent of the global pandemic, the Great Lakes MHTTC and its subcontractors have had to rapidly shift gears in providing all training and technical assistance events virtually. Our past and upcoming training events have included an array of topics including suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, crisis support systems and evidence-based mental health practices. We will continue to focus on these topics, along with on telehealth, grief, loss and bereavement, mental health disparities, and racial equity and cultural diversity.

School-Based Mental Health Supplement

Under the direction of a full-time School-Based Mental Health Project Manager, we were able to continue our relationships with a variety of stakeholders in state government, school districts, and community mental health centers to identify ongoing needs and provide targeted technical assistance and training opportunities. In addition to working with the NCO and other regional MHTTC school mental health leads to develop and deliver national initiatives responding to COVID-19 and racial violence, significant accomplishments included: 

  • Coordinating 32 training events for 2,278 participants. 
  • Exhibiting at four major school mental health conferences reaching over 4,320 attendees. 
  • Participating in a 9-month intensive technical assistance project with the Wisconsin STAR-QI program assisting community mental health centers increase engagement with local school districts.  
  • Providing training on the National Curriculum for School mental health at five trainings in five states

Looking Ahead

In spite of the challenges of the past few months, with the help of our state subcontractors, the Great Lakes MHTTC has expanded our training and technical assistance offerings to meet the needs of Region 5 mental health professionals in clinical, school-based, and community settings.  We look forward to continuing to serve the region in the year head. 

Please visit our website often to view our events calendar and view our growing list of products: