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 which 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.


Mental Health in Rural and Agricultural Communities


Goals of the Mountain Plains MHTTC

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

About Us

Technical Trainers

  • Dr. Lavonne Fox
    Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, UND
  • Dr. Andrew McLean
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, UND
  • Dr. Sarah Nielsen
    Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, UND
  • Robin Landwehr
    Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Disorder Program Manager
  • Maridee ​Shogren DNP, CNM, CLC 
    Dean, Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines, UND


Other Staff

  • Abby Moore
    Rural School Based Coordinator, UND
  • Nancy Roget
    Director, Enhanced Professional Learning Series, CASAT
  • Trisha Dudkowski
    Project Coordinator, Enhanced Professional Learning Series, CASAT
  • Ann Jones
    Evaluation Specialist, WICHE