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One in five children and adults has a diagnosable mental illness. Nearly 60 percent of people with mental illness do not receive treatment. This problem is disproportionately experienced by marginalized populations such as racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, and the elderly. William James College is committed to developing a behavioral health workforce capable of meeting the needs of individuals and communities across the Commonwealth, and beyond, through efforts like the initiatives highlighted below.

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Alcohol and Drug Education and Psychology Training Center

As the opioid crisis swells and overdoses rise to the leading cause of accidental death, nationally, Massachusetts struggles to develop a substance use disorder (SUD) workforce capable of addressing this growing problem. The  Alcohol and Drug Education and Psychology Training (ADEPT) Center will work collaboratively with treatment providers, educational partners, and other field leaders to increase the number and capacity of SUD professionals.

Behavioral Health Career Pipeline to Expand and Diversify the Workforce

More than 90 percent of Massachusetts’s behavioral health professionals identify as white. In response, William James College has expanded its graduate school curriculum to include a Bachelor’s Completion Program—the only one of its kind in New England. The Bachelor’s Completion Program partners with community colleges and behavioral health employers to place underrepresented students and the underemployed on mental health career pathways. 

Military and Veterans Psychology Education Center

The Military and Veterans Psychology (MVP) Education Center will ensure that military personnel, veterans, and their families can access highly skilled, culturally competent mental health treatment by educating those with a military background to become behavioral health professionals. A simultaneous focus of the MVP Education Center is to provide aspiring and practicing clinicians with the training to understand and better respond to the distinct needs of the warrior culture. 

Support Aspiring Behavioral Health Leaders

The Annual Fund for Student Scholarships helps the College to award more than $1.5 million in scholarship support annually so that our students can become the behavioral health leaders of the future equipped to meet the mental health challenges of our diverse society. An annual gift to William James College will help diminish the needless pain that too many people in our communities suffer as a result of untreated mental illness.