History of The Peer Workforce Alliance

From The Behavorial Workforce Collaborative to the newly named Peer Workforce Alliance, we celebrate a rich history in behavioral health workforce development.

Prior to shifting our focus entirely to peer workforce development, the Peer Workforce Alliance was known as “The Washington State University Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative (The Collaborative)”, and was formed in the fall of 2014, with the intention of improving workforce retention, training a diverse workforce, and partnering with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) to help with the training and onboarding of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) teams across the state.  As planned, the intention set in 2014 to make WISe available to youth and families statewide was realized. This is a significant milestone for all partners involved in making this happen.

We are proud of the work we did to lift up and support the WISe workforce over the past four years, and as of August 1, 2018, we passed the WISe training torch to a new vendor, the WISe Workforce Collaborative. This decision allowed us to shift 100% of our energy to the mission of providing high quality training and technical assistance to agencies and administrations to meet the growing demand for peer workforce development.

The decision to focus entirely on peer workforce development happened after a thorough strategic planning process that took place in the winter of 2017. The information gleaned from internal workgroups, strategic planning and extensive stakeholder input, made it clear that our purpose as a statewide training hub should be on developing, implementing, coaching, and supporting the peer workforce in the same way we were able support the role out of WISe teams. We are excited to meet the challenges and demands of building a qualified, impactful, and committed peer workforce.