About the Institute

WIMHRT provides an independent source for research and professional training in the field of behavioral health care. Since 1989, when the Washington State Legislature established the Institute, we have been working to improve the quality of public behavioral health services in the following ways:

  • Promoting the recruitment & retention of highly qualified professionals at the state mental health hospitals and in community-based programs;
  • Improving clinical care by exploring new, innovative & scientifically-based treatment models (evidenced-based practices);
  • Providing expanded training opportunities for existing staff at state hospitals and community programs; and
  • Encouraging understanding of treatment orientation, possibilities and challenges between state hospital personnel and community treatment professionals.