BHECN hosted the 1st Annual Behavioral Health Education Seminar on April 13. There are 15 graduate mental health training programs in Nebraska, and this occasion marked the first time all programs gathered at one event for training and networking.
Nebraska has a shortage of mental health providers. There are 88 of Nebraska’s 93 counties recognized as mental health professional shortage areas by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. BHECN was created to develop a statewide workforce solution for the shortage of licensed behavioral health professionals.
“By bringing all of the academic training programs together, we are creating a collaborative effort to train students in Nebraska and hopefully keep many of them here,” said Dr. Joe Evans, BHECN's clinical director who also advises the consortium. “This group represents the future of our mental health workforce in Nebraska.”
The goals of the collaboration are to strengthen relationships among all of the programs, create a unified voice among the diverse professions, and develop more interprofessional training opportunities for students across the state.
In this inaugural event, BHECN brought together over 60 faculty members and students from the following academic graduate programs in Nebraska: