Pacific Southwest MHTTC Overview


What is the MHTTC Network?

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MHTTC Network includes 10 Regional Centers and a Network Coordinating Office. Our collaborative network supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development to the mental health field. The MHTTC Network works with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based practices to individuals, including the full continuum of services spanning mental health promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery support.


Role of the Pacific Southwest MHTTC

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC serves the priorities of SAMHSA Region 9, including: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau. We offer a collaborative MHTTC model in order to provide training, technical assistance (TTA), and resource dissemination that supports the mental health workforce to adopt and effectively implement evidence-based practices (EBPs) across the mental health continuum of care. The Pacific Southwest MHTTC also provides TTA and resources at a national level on specialty area focused on youth and young adults of transition age.


Our Goals

The overall aim of Pacific Southwest MHTTC is to promote evidence-based mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery strategies so that providers and practitioners can start, strengthen, and sustain them effectively. This includes culturally competent and community-defined effective mental health practices. The TTC develops and disseminates resources that build skills, create partnerships, and ensure availability of TTA for the region and the national mental health field.

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Goals include:

  • Enhance use of implementation science strategies to accelerate mental health evidence-based practice adoption and implementation in Region 9.
  • Provide regionally based technology transfer opportunities to heighten the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the workforce.
  • Support strategic alliances among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, family members, and consumers of mental health services in Region 9.
  • Increase access to publicly available, free of charge, TTA to the mental health field, both regionally and nationally.
  • Support the use and evaluation of culturally competent and community-defined effective mental health practices to support diverse populations.


Who Is Involved

The Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) provides project leadership and works in collaboration with our partner organization Change Matrix. In order to offer a robust bench of specialty knowledge, we also engage subject-matter experts in key areas of mental health, implementation science, and evidence-based and culturally competent practice. We operate in coordination with the region’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC).


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Regional Advisory Board

The Pacific Southwest MHTTC Regional Advisory Board includes stakeholders from across sectors, ensuring that participants represent the geographical, cultural, and linguistic diversity of the Pacific Southwest. The Board offers vision and guidance for responsive TTA, including participating in identifying specialty areas, planning TTA services, and reviewing TTA materials.


Access Our TTA Services

We offer no-cost trainings, consultations, distance learning, resources, and more for the mental health field in the Pacific Southwest states and islands. Download our Menu of Services to learn more.

Want to access TTA on these and other topics? Let us know what learning opportunities interest you by contacting our team at [email protected].


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