BHECN recently released its legislative report, summarizing efforts to improve access to behavioral health care across the state by developing a skilled and passionate workforce.
With 78 out of 93 counties in Nebraska experiencing a high need for behavioral health services and 32 counties lacking a behavioral health provider of any kind, BHECN is developing solutions to recruit, train and retain behavioral health professionals, especially in rural and underserved communities. With over half of the state’s practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners over the age of 50, the shortage is expected to grow in the next decade.
"Now in our sixth year of serving the state, we’ve come a long way in building relationships and establishing a common ground to facilitate workforce growth,” said BHECN’s Director, Howard Liu, M.D. “It’s truly a collaborative effort to meet the needs of our current and future workforce.” The report highlights progress in recruiting, training, maintaining and evaluating Nebraska’s behavioral health workforce, and can be viewed online here.