BHECN provides support to students and trainees in behavioral health fields.
Ambassador Program helps students explore careers in Behavioral Health.
BHECN offers a variety of trainings to professionals statewide.
BHECN studies the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska.
Project Network addressing need for social workers
Staff at the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work are quickly ramping up a program to train more social workers in rural areas of Nebraska. They received notice in September that they are the recipients of a three-year, $1.3 million award from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to train social workers to work with children and young adults with dual diagnosis of both mental health and developmental disabilities.
Training for Teachers
Educators are a key part of the behavioral health workforce. Part of BHECN’s work is to provide training to both the traditional behavioral health workforce and non-traditional partners, like educators. We partnered with ESU 13 to offer training to teachers and school staff on addressing some of the behavioral health challenges students face.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid is similar to “First Aid” and “CPR.” It teaches individuals how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to a young person who appears to be in emotional distress. Just as you don’t have to be a highly educated medical professional to give “First Aid” and “CPR,” you don’t have to have a background as a mental health professional to provide Mental Health First Aid.