The Nebraska DHHS Department of Behavioral Health has been awarded a multi-year “System of Care” grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to create an integrated approach to serving children and adolescents with severe emotional disorders. A major concept for System of Care is the coordination of services across systems including child welfare, probation, developmental disabilities, behavioral health, etc.
In turn, DBH has contracted with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) to create training materials, conduct “train the trainers” workshops, and work with Behavioral Health Regional programs in implementing the philosophy and tenets of the System of Care.
As one of many partners in the Nebraska System of Care (NeSOC), BHECN is collaborating with national experts in the behavioral health workforce to provide training resources for providers in meeting the needs of children and families utilizing the system.
Led by Project Coordinator, Susan Feyen-Reay, LICSW, from the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Joe Evans, Ph.D., Program Director, the BHECN project team is also developing an online repository of training resources, including existing training programs and new training designed specifically for NeSOC providers.
“We want to not only identify appropriate training for our providers but also deliver a seamless, centralized resource for evidence-based training and information,” said Feyen-Reay. “We will also provide a train-the-trainer toolkit, ongoing consultation, and technical assistance, when needed.”
A certification program on NeSOC values and principles is being developed by project team members and mental health trainers, Taira Masek, LCSW, and Mandy Busch, LMHP.
“With a focus on care for youth with serious disorders, training and preparation of our workforce is crucial,” said Dr. Evans. “We look forward to making an impact on improving access to behavioral health through these efforts.”