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

mental-health-image.jpgNew Grant Funding for Veterans Mental Health
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) was recently awarded a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant for Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT). This grant will allow BHECN to partner with the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD), VetSET Nebraska and Community Alliance to impact Nebraska Veterans and their families across the state. Read more.

bhecn_annapolis_innovationaward_2018-2.jpgBHECN Receives Annapolis Coalition Innovation Award
The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral health care by strengthening the mental health and addiction workforce. Periodically, the Coalition recognizes particularly noteworthy efforts by other organizations to address a workforce problem in the field.
The Board of Directors of the Annapolis Coalition unanimously voted to bestow its Innovation Award on the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) in recognition of the outstanding work they have done to address the behavioral health workforce needs in Nebraska. See the full letter.

neb-opioid-wordle.jpgOpioids: Healthcare's Paradox: Education and Resources for the Workforce
One conference happening in two locations! 
This conference will feature national and local experts and is intended for health care professionals to include physicians, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, social workers, licensed mental health professionals, and licensed drug alcohol counselors, and peer support providers. 
Continuing education credits will meet competency requirements of LB 731 (2018) for nurse midwife and practitioners, dentists, physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, and veterinarians. Read More.

Revolutionizing Access to Behavioral Health Care in Nebraska from UNMC BHECN on Vimeo.

BHECN shares new video! Like and Share!

BHECN embarked on a six-month-long project to develop a new video which explains the purpose and mission behind why we do, what we do. With ENVOY INC.'s help, we interviewed several educators, providers, and students within BHECN's 15 partner programs while they were here in Omaha for the 1st Annual Behavioral Health Education Seminar. Interviewed participants for the video discussed BHECN's impact on improving the workforce for behavioral health in Nebraska.
Along with the new 7-minute video ENVOY also produced 12 short video spotlights which will be released throughout the year. These video spotlights will shine their light on different topics in behavioral health. We also developed a name for the 15 partners program, which will now be referred to as the Nebraska Behavioral Health Education Partnership or "The Partnership"
BHECN would like to thank all of our volunteer interviewees for their valuable time and insights into the impact BHECN has had on rural workforce needs. We look forward to working together on future solutions!
Connect with BHECN on Facebook to see the upcoming BHECN Spotlights!

Rural Futures Institute's Episode 14 - Psychiatrist Howard Liu intersects mental health, workforce access
Dr. Connie with Rural Futures Institute hosted Howard Liu, M.D., Interim Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, on her podcast.

On the podcast, Dr. Liu addresses the critical area of mental health care access for rural communities. As one of the only organizations of its kind in the United States, BHECN works as a skunkworks to solve the wicked problem — a critical shortage of mental health providers in the highest underserved areas of the state.

Dr. Liu also addresses the signs and signals of mental health illness we should all be aware of and emphasizes the need for self-reflection and self-care.

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