BHECN Panhandle

BHECN Panhandle serves as an additional rural hub that supports the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska's (BHECN) mission of recruitment and retention of behavioral health professionals across Nebraska. BHECN Panhandle covers the entire panhandle of Nebraska and Cherry County.


BHECN Panhandle is led by Co-Directors:


Dr. Cate Jones-Hazledine 

Dr. Jones-Hazledine is a licensed psychologist and owner of Western Nebraska Behavioral Health (WNBH) in Rushville, Nebraska.

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Dr. Tara Wilson 

Dr. Wilson is a Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Associate Professor at Chadron State College (CSC).

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News about BHECN Panhandle:

BHECN Panhandle Advisory Board Members

Holly Brandt

Regional Administrator, Region 1

Jeanice Caporaso, MSW, LIMHP

Licensed, Independent Mental Health Practitioner, Private Practice

Mary Jo Carnot, PhD

Psychology Professor, Department of Professional Studies, Chadron State College

Katie Carrizales, PhD, LP

Behavioral/Mental Health Director, Educational Service Unit (ESU) 13

Tina Chasek, PhD, LIMHP, LADC

BHECN Kearney Director, Associate Professor, The University of Nebraska at Kearney, Counseling & School Psychology

Marley Doyle, MD

BHECN Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Nebraska Medical Center

Victor Gehrig, LADC

Executive Clinical Director, North East Panhandle Substance Abuse Center (NEPSAC)

Bruce Hoem, MSW

Professor, Social Work, Department of Professional Studies, Chadron State College

Carrie Howton, PhD, LIMHP

Human Services Program Director, Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC)

Brent Khan, Ed.D

BHECN, Co-Director

Gage Stermensky, PhD, LP, LADC

Director of Behavioral Health, Community Action Partnership of Western NEbraska (CAPWN)

Anne Talbot, PsyD, LP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Options in Psychology

Kathleen Woods, PhD, LPC, NCC

Professor, Counseling, Department of Professional Studies, Chadron State College