University of Nebraska Medical Center

A Pivotal Time in Behavioral Health Care

BHECN was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 2009 and housed at the UNMC. It was charged with helping recruit, train and retain behavioral health workers.

BHECN’s work is more important than ever as the state faces a critical shortage of behavioral health workers at a time when -- thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic -- the need for behavioral health care is higher than it has ever been.

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Recent News

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold speaks at a community conversation in South Omaha.


UNMC, Hispanic leaders meet for community conversation

More than three dozen people, including leaders from the Hispanic community, joined leaders from UNMC for a community conversation on Feb. 12 in South Omaha.

Flier for the 2024 Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference.


Call for presentation proposals for the 2024 Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference

Proposals are being accepted for those wanting to conduct 90-minute presentations and 60-minute poster presentations at the 2024 Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference.

A patient and clinician talk during a therapy session.


Medica Foundation provides support to BHECN’s Project Peace

The Medica Foundation has awarded BHECN’s Project Peace $100,000 to advance the project’s goal of helping Nebraska primary care providers treat behavioral health conditions.