The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) recruits & educates students in behavioral health fields and trains & retains professionals already in the workforce. Learn more

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Researchers raise awareness about substance and prescription drug use in Nebraska.

Study to gauge risk of substance, prescription drug misuse in rural communities

by Vicky Cerino - February 05, 2019
University of Nebraska researchers are joining efforts to raise awareness among rural agricultural workers about substance and prescription drug use, particularly about opioids. By raising awareness, researchers hope to influence behavior change to improve the health and safety of agricultural workers.

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Pictured Left: BHECN's Dr. Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

Pictured Right: BHECN's Dr. Tina Chasek, Associate Professor/Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Director of BHECN-Kearney

Do you feel alone in rural Nebraska with no help and no funding for your projects?

Does your project revolve around behavioral health?

At BHECN we're passionate about building awareness around behavioral health and careers in Nebraska. So much so, that we offer financial assistance to groups and organizations willing to get involved!

The deadline to apply for an award of funds is May 31, 2019.

Click here to learn more and submit an application!

Join BHECN and at the Spring 2019 Job and Internship Fair in Scottsbluff on Thursday, April 4, 2019!

And for the truly adventurous, check out the boot camp on April 2nd.

Introducing BHECN Ambassador and Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student at UNO, Kylie Funk
Our February BHECN Ambassador Spotlight is about Kylie Funk, a graduate student at UNO currently pursuing a mental health degree to become a clinical mental health counselor, and she wants to work with college students. Read more.

dr-terri-mathews-screen-shot.JPGA Video Spotlight
with Terri Mathews, Ph.D., Associate Professor University of Nebraska Medical Center

BHECN-Spotlight with Dr. Terri Mathews from UNMC BHECN on Vimeo.

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Howard Liu, MD, named chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry
Following a national search, Howard Liu, M.D., has been named chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. The announcement was made Tuesday, January 22, by Bradley Britigan, M.D., dean of the UNMC College of Medicine. The appointment is effective immediately, pending approval of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
"We had some excellent candidates to consider," Dr. Britigan said. "But, when it came time to make a decision, it was clear that Dr. Liu was the best choice. He stood out from the beginning of the process. Read more. 
From left, Nebraska Medicine CEO James Linder, M.D., Howard Liu, M.D., chair of the department of psychiatry, and Bradley Britigan, M.D., dean of the UNMC College of Medicine

Marley Doyle, MD selected as the new Director of BHECN
An expert in reproductive psychiatry at UNMC, Marley Doyle, M.D., has been selected as the new director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN).
The appointment was announced February 4, 2019 by Rodney Markin, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the BHECN Executive Committee. Read more.

A letter from Dr. Howard Liu
Dear BHECN colleagues:
Thank you for the great privilege of serving as a workforce champion on the BHECN team since 2011. In that time, we have had much to be thankful for.
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2019 BHECN Mentorship Dinner
(Left to right) Michele Merrill, Echohawk Lefthand, Liz Meister, Carey Yungbluth, Kylie Funk, Annie Schmidt, and Tanner Clark(Left to right) Michele Merrill, Echohawk Lefthand, Liz Meister, Carey Yungbluth, Kylie Funk, Annie Schmidt, and Tanner Clark
BHECN Mentorship Dinner 2019
Even with the #PolarVortex2019 plunging Omaha into below zero temperatures, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) persevered and played host to more than 100 students, faculty and staff members at the 2019 Mentorship Dinner at Joslyn Castle on Wednesday, January 30.
“Despite the frigid weather, it was a wonderful evening of career advice between mental health providers and trainees in psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, PA, counseling and addiction counseling," said Howard Liu, M.D., former director of BHECN. "I met students who aspired to become substance use providers and Spanish speaking psychiatrists to diverse populations. Overall, connections were made that will shape access and foster new workforce across our state!” 
BHECN hosted the 10th Annual Mentorship Dinner to provide a networking and mentoring opportunity for students, trainees, faculty members, providers and community leaders from multiple behavioral health disciplines and backgrounds. To see all the photos visit the photo album on Flickr.
To learn more about the event or becoming a BHECN Ambassador mentor, contact Ann Kraft at

Annual Awards Banner.pngBHECN Annual Awards - Nominations Due March 15
Do you know someone who is making a significant contribution to behavioral health in Nebraska? BHECN is accepting nominations for our Annual Awards. Recipients can include providers, students, consumers and family members who are working to improve behavioral health for Nebraskans.
  •  Ambassador Award - Recognizes outstanding efforts of an individual student or early career professional to reach out to other students/providers in building the future behavioral health care workforce across the state of Nebraska.
  • Courage Award - Recognizes outstanding service and outreach to the community by a consumer of behavioral health services or a family member.

    The nomination deadline is March 15, 2019.
Awards will be presented on Friday, April 12, 2019, during a luncheon at the UNO Thompson Alumni Center. Click here to learn more and to submit nominations.
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