Expert Help and Training for Mental Health

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: National Coordinating Resource Center (AETC-NCRC)

Offers online training resources, technical assistance, capacity building support, and other services to help clinicians, clinics, and health systems provide high-quality HIV/AIDS care. Helps increase the number of healthcare professionals able and willing to offer effective counseling, diagnostic, treatment, mental health, and substance use services to people living with or at risk of contracting HIV.

Sponsor: HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)
Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center)

Develops partnerships between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and community and faith-based organizations. Provides up-to-date information on federal health and human service activities and resources to help local organizations better serve their communities. Focuses on supporting grassroots efforts to address the issues of mental health, the opioid crisis, childhood obesity, and reforming and strengthening healthcare systems.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Community Clergy Training Program to Support Rural Veterans Mental Health (RCCTP)

Provides training and resources to clergy members, spiritual leaders, and faith communities in rural areas on the various mental health issues faced by veterans, including issues linked to addiction and substance use. Offers education on the resources and services available to support veterans and their family members.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Great Lakes Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (Great Lakes ROTA-RC)

Serves as a Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. Develops culturally and linguistically appropriate, evidence-based training and best practices on harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and recovery. Offers technical assistance to address opioid use disorder (OUD), mental health, stimulant use, and substance use disorder (SUD) to strengthen rural communities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU CARES)

Supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in efforts to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority students entering behavioral health fields, including careers related to the treatment of substance use disorder (SUDs) and co-occurring mental health disorders (COD). Helps students discover and access behavioral health as an area of study and behavioral health career opportunities. Raises awareness of inequities and health disparities among minority and marginalized communities affected by substance use and mental illness.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Law Enforcement – Mental Health Collaboration Support Center

Provides training, resources, and technical assistance to improve law enforcement and community responses to individuals with behavioral health conditions or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Supports the development of police-mental health collaborations designed to help officers safely and effectively to people with behavioral health needs and increase their access to services.

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)

Consists of a network of 10 regional resource centers, a central coordinating office, a National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, and a National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC that provide support to individuals and organizations working in the mental health field. Aims to raise the knowledge and skill base of the mental health workforce and promote the implementation of new and evidence-based practices for a full range of mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Offers a variety of education, training, and resources on a variety of topics related to mental health, including rural mental health; early childhood, youth, and young adults; suicide prevention; culturally informed practices; population-based approaches; and more.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Mountain Plains Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center (MP ROTAC)

Serves as a Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) in the mountain plains region of the U.S. Offers training and technical assistance to help address opioid and stimulant use, substance use disorder (SUD), mental health, and other behavioral health issues. Supports rural communities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

Provides technical assistance to improve and support state systems and local programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social-Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. Works with early childhood programs to reduce the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promote family engagement, use data for decision-making, integrate early childhood and infant mental health consultation, and foster inclusion.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

Delivers information, resources, technical assistance, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning to assess school climate, implement evidence-based programs to improve learning conditions, and measure outcomes in 3 core areas: providing a well-rounded education, improving the safety and health of students, and improving the effective use of technology. Offers multiple products, policy guides, toolkits, research, media, online events and training related to issues of substance and opioid abuse for students, families, schools, and communities.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)

Consists of a network of community-based organizations working to eliminate behavioral health disparities and reduce mental health and substance use problems for racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual minority communities. Aims to achieve behavioral health equity by providing links to training, technical assistance, professional development opportunities, and information sharing to address the opioid epidemic, trauma, and other concerns related to substance use.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Assists schools and school districts with the implementation of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to improve students' social, emotional, and physical well-being, reducing disruptive behavior, and creating a positive learning environment. Uses a multi-tiered framework that reaches all students while allowing for more focused intervention and support for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Includes resources and blueprints for implementing school-wide responses to the opioid crisis and substance use. Offers direct onsite technical assistance to district and state leadership teams as well as indirect assistance through online resources, national and regional conferences, and collaborations with other technical assistance centers and organizations.

Sponsors: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCA): Improving Behavioral Health Services

Provides tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination using telehealth to help providers integrate behavioral healthcare services into pediatric primary care. Supports the use of telehealth and other technologies to improve the ability of providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with mental health conditions. Seeks to increase access to treatment and referral services for children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions in rural and underserved areas.

Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Resilient Engaged Active Community Health (REACH)

Serves as a Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R) offering training and technical assistance to address substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use disorder (OUD), and stimulant use related to prevention, treatment, and recovery. Supports rural communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

Provides training and technical assistance to help states and communities establish local programs to support Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) outreach, access, and recovery efforts, also known as SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model implementation. Seeks to increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible children and adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. Offers resources and training to enhance the ability of case managers to provide comprehensive SSI/SSDI application assistance to help individuals obtain their SSI/SSDI benefits, which can serve as an important resource to sustain individuals in treatment and recovery and secure permanent housing.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction (UVM CORA)

Supports capacity building efforts for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) in rural counties of Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire disproportionately affected by SUD. Utilizes innovative technology and telehealth strategies to identify real-time needs in communities, disseminate education and resources on evidence-based approaches, and provide ongoing training and technical assistance to providers in order to more effectively address the needs of individuals and special populations with SUD and related issues.

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)