Behavioral Health Regions
Ponca State Park offers rolling hills and panoramic views of the Missouri River.
Regions 2 and 3
Sandhill cranes are a popular attraction along the central Platte River Valley.
Exploring the trails on horseback provides a new perspective of Niobrara State Park.
River City Roundup is a highly anticipated annual event in Omaha.
A windmill towers above the landscape at 2nd Wind Ranch near Comstock.
No health without mental health.
Homestead National Monument tells of those who came to claim free land.
Johnson Lake State Recreation Area near Lexington is a favorite fishing spot.
Fort Robinson near Crawford.
Nebraska Behavioral Health
Mental Health First Aid Training
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) hosted Mental Health First Aid Training in Kearney, Nebraska on July 20-22. Ten college students and six high school students attended the training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis.
2014 BHECN Annual Conference
Over 150 behavioral health professionals and administrators joined BHECN for the 2014 Annual Conference on Friday, June 20 at the Embassy Suites-La Vista. This year’s theme – Innovative Models of Primary Care Integration and Behavioral Health – featured insights, lessons learned, and outcomes from three models of integrated behavioral health both nationally as well as in Nebraska.
Integrating Primary Care Conference
By integrating mental health, substance abuse, and primary care services we can produce better outcomes for people with complex healthcare needs. Our three presenters shared models for primary care integration happening in Nebraska and across the country.
Alexander Blount, Ed.D. – Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care
Anna Ratzliff, M.D. – Collaborative Care: Evidence-Based Mental Health Care in Primary Care Settings
Joseph H. Evans, Ph.D. – Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care: What’s Happening in Nebraska
About Behavioral Health Careers
Our quick guide to the most popular careers and education needed to pursue them helps high school and college students figure out some of the next steps on their educational path. View the Behavioral Health Career Guide.
Robert Donlan’s play, “Open Door, An Artist’s Journey of the Mind” offers viewers an intimate look into the complexities individuals face in mental health and substance use disorders. Donlan’s words and artwork provide a powerful testimony of his journey of recovery.
Ambassador Conference to Encourage Students
The BHECN Ambassador Program recruits and mentors rural students from high school through college and professional school and into behavioral health professions. More...
Announcing BHECN Kearney
As part of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska’s strategy to grow Nebraska’s rural behavioral health workforce, we are proud to announce the launch of our presence at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. More...
Behavioral Health Mentorship Dinner
This year’s event, held at Joslyn Castle, gathered students and mentors from a range of behavioral health disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, and nursing and included students and faculty from both UNMC and Creighton University. More...
Next to NormalThe Omaha Community Playhouse presented the musical Next to Normal earlier this year. The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Next to Normal is a deeply moving rock musical and raw account of a family dealing with mental illness, tragedy and the realities of modern society.
|We asked several friends of BHECN to share their reflections on Next to Normal and share how the story mirrors some of the real life struggles they have faced in dealing with mental illness in their families. Read more…|
2012-2013 Legislative Report documents BHECN's progress
BHECN program featured in NIMH Partner Spotlight
The Fall 2013 edition of NIMH’s e-newsletter, Outreach Connection, featured BHECN’s Ambassador Program in its Partner Spotlight section. The program introduces rural Nebraska high school and college students to behavioral health careers. See item.
Mental health care needs fall short
In an ideal world, a primary care physician would refer patients to mental health providers, and then the two would confer back and forth regarding the patient’s care.
Youth health experts encourage parents to keep an eye on children’s media usage, online habits
F.A.R.M. C.A.M.P. 2013
FARM CAMP (Frontier Area Rural Mental-health Camp And Mentorship Program) developed by Western Nebraska Behavioral Health, sponsored by BHECN, led by Dr. Catherine Jones-Hazledine.
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Spring 2014 Nebraska Beacon Newsletter
Howard Liu, M.D.
Brent Khan, Ed.D.
Joe Evans, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Director
Keith Anderson, M.S.
BHECN Kearney Project Director
Heidi Keeler, RN, PhD
Director of Educational Design
Ambassador Program Coordinator
Jill Westfall, M.P.A.
Amy Williams, J.D.