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For 65 years, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been the leading higher education agency serving states, students, and institutions throughout and beyond the American West. WICHE is one of four regional U.S. interstate compacts, with a diverse portfolio of programs and priorities that: help students pursue higher education affordably and conveniently, accelerate region-wide sharing of ideas and resources, provide expert research and policy guidance, and prepare higher education stakeholders for a changing landscape. Based in Boulder, Colo., WICHE is funded by the legislatures of its 16 member states and territories—who reap strong returns on investment from WICHE programs—and by grantmakers and others who share our desire to overcome the education and workforce challenges of tomorrow.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
The mission of the WICHE Behavioral Health program is twofold: to assist states in improving systems of care for mental health consumers and their families; and to advance
the preparation of a qualified mental health workforce in the West. The program collaborates with states to meet the challenges of changing environments through regional research and evaluation, policy analysis, program development, technical assistance, and information sharing.
Under the supervision of the Vice President for Behavioral Health, this position is responsible for the coordination and execution of technical assistance projects as assigned by the Vice President,including support for the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)- Technical Assistance Project. The WICHE Behavioral Health Program is a sub awardee to JBS International, delivering innovative and creative technical assistance (TA) to improve the prevention, treatment, and recovery services and systems for persons with opioid use and substance use disorders in rural communities. The RCORP-TA team consists of subject matter experts, including Technical Expert Leads (TEL), managerial, administrative, and operations staff to achieve this goal. The TEL is a subject matter expert who will use innovative and creative TA, knowledge dissemination, capacity building, and policy and planning strategies to support planning and implementation grant recipients who are multi-sector consortiums in rural communities combatting the opioid epidemic.
For the RCORP project, this position's goal is to support grantees in reducing morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use in their communities, using evidence-based and sustainable interventions.
Additionally, this position may be responsible for planning, administration, and delivery of projects/tasks including preparing budgets, work schedules, and identifying other resources required to support successful project/task completion.