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An Institute for Excellence is an organization or group of partnering organizations whose primary role is to support systems level reform efforts that are using evidence-based and promising practices as a core strategy.

Reports by external consultants identified Kentucky’s dire need for a more coordinated and systematic approach to support evidence-based policy and practice implementation in behavioral health.  The Institute for Excellence in Behavioral Health was subsequently developed to fill this need.

The long-term core functions include: (1) selection and implementation support; (2) research, evaluation, and data linking; (3) partnership engagement and collaboration; (4) Workforce development; and (5) policy and finance.

The Institute for Excellence in Behavioral Health is a contracted initiative of the Department for Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities in partnership with the Training Resource Center at Eastern Kentucky University.  The Institute is housed on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus in Richmond, Kentucky and offices are located in the Mattox building.


The Kentucky Institute for Excellence in Behavioral Health’s mission is to support excellence in behavioral health service delivery by promoting evidence-based policies, programs and practices that will improve the health and well-being of Kentuckians.

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