Mental Health Technology Transfer Center National Coordinating Center

Our Goal

Closing the gaps in access to effective mental health services requires change at the state, system, and individual provider levels. Typical training and technical assistance activities, such as one-time trainings and workshops, are insufficient to change practice.

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (H79SM081726), the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network consists of 10 Regional Centers.

The MHTTC Network’s purpose is to strengthen the mental health workforce’s capacity to deliver effective mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services to individuals across the 58 US states and territories.

Housed within CDI, the MHTTC National Coordinating Center provides leadership, infrastructure, and support nationwide, increasing its capacity to use dissemination and implementation (D&I) science to deploy effective implementation support strategies that lead to meaningful and sustainable changes in service delivery.

Our Team

Heather Gotham

Stanford University School of Medicine

Principal Investigator and Director

Dr. Heather Gotham is a Clinical Associate Professor and clinical psychologist who joined Stanford in August 2018. Her work focuses on increasing the capability of behavioral health and health care providers to implement evidence-based practices that more effectively help people with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Gotham directs the SAMHSA-funded Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and is Co-Director of the Administrative Core of the NIDA-funded HEAL Data2Action Research Adoption Support Center. She is also a co-investigator on NIH-funded projects studying the implementation of substance use disorder screening and treatment approaches in HIV care settings and in women’s health settings.

Ricardo Canelo

Stanford University School of Medicine

Project Coordinator

Ricardo Canelo, MPH, is the Project Coordinator for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO). The MHTTC NCO is part of the Center for Dissemination and Implementation in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Ricardo coordinates the work of 10 centers that provide training and technical assistance to the mental health workforce to increase the use of evidence-based mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery support services across the United States.

Shashank Joshi

Stanford University School of Medicine

Project Faculty

Mark McGovern

Stanford University School of Medicine

Senior Advisor

Dr. Mark McGovern is a Professor of Psychiatry and of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2017, he founded the Center for Dissemination and Implementation (CDI). After 20 years as a practicing clinician, Dr. McGovern is now focused on scaling up equitable access to evidence-based health care, improving the science of implementation and sustainment of evidence-based care in public and private health care organizations and systems, and training and mentoring the next generation of implementation scientists. Within the hub of CDI, he is the Principal Investigator of two federally funded national centers for dissemination and implementation: the Center for Dissemination and Implementation At Stanford (C-DIAS)(P50DA05402) and Research Adoption Support Center (RASC)(U2CDA057717). He is also the Senior Advisor for the National Coordinating Office of the SAMHSA Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (H79SM081726).

Steven Adelsheim

Stanford University School of Medicine

Project Faculty

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman

Stanford University School of Medicine

Project Faculty

Jessica Gonzalez

Stanford University School of Medicine

Associate Director

Jessica Gonzalez, MSW is the Associate Director for the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office (NCO) at CDI. Through the MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative, Jessica is coordinating the work of 10 centers that provide training and technical assistance to the mental health and school mental health workforce to increase the use of evidence-based mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for students across the United States. Jessica previously worked in the community as a social worker providing mental health services in school and outpatient clinic settings to children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds.

Kate Hardy

Stanford University School of Medicine

Project Faculty

In addition, our Centers represent 10 major research and implementation support institutions across the US:

Our Work

The MHTTC Network services span mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery supports, and topics such as Assertive Community Treatment, Illness Management and Recovery, and other evidence-based practices; early psychosis; suicide screening and intervention; school mental health including school violence; and equitable, culturally responsive services. Annually, the MHTTC Network provides over 1,200 implementation support events ranging from basic webinars, skills training, and online courses, to intensive technical assistance such as learning collaboratives, to over 100,000 people. Our Products and Resources catalog contains over 2,500 products, including toolkits, fact sheets, and recorded trainings.  

The MHTTC Network National Coordinating Center has 4 main activities:

  1. Assists the MHTTC Network in using the most rigorous and state-of-the-art D&I science based training and implementation support strategies that lead to a more significant impact on implementation outcomes, including reach, adoption, implementation fidelity and sustainment.
  2. Develops strategic alliances for the Network among culturally diverse practitioners, researchers, policy makers, family members, and consumers of mental health services.
  3. Provides the Network with infrastructure supports (e.g., website platform, intranet, data collection process, online course site).
  4. Develops comprehensive curricula for school based mental health, including an educator-focused mental health literacy package, Classroom WISE.

For more information, visit our website: www.mhttcnetwork.org