Virtual Conference to Feature Nebraska’s Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Model

HRSA Virtual Conference 2017

What: 2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Workforce Development Conference

Lessons from the Field: Innovations in Behavioral Health Workforce Education, Training, and Development

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Online-only conference

Cost: Free

Who should attend?  Practitioners, students, or trainees interested in behavioral health workforce education, and training.


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Nursing and Public Health (DNPH) is hosting a behavioral health workforce virtual conference to highlight the accomplishments, best practices, and lessons learned from HRSA’s behavioral health workforce programs.

The conference aims to showcase innovative academic and training approaches used by behavioral health grantees to expand the distribution of a skilled workforce focused on underserved populations and communities in need.

BHECN’s Clinical Director, Joe Evans, Ph.D., and Holly Roberts, Ph.D., Munroe Meyer Institute (MMI) were selected from over 250 grantee applicants to present MMI’s Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care program.

“We are probably one of the initial pioneers of integrated behavioral health in the rural areas of the country, and we now have 42 clinics in the program,” said Dr. Evans. “Providing a behavioral health professional onsite in a primary care clinic can help reduce stigma and improve outcomes of care. In our rural clinics, families can receive all of their care under one roof and no longer have to drive in some cases hundreds of miles for mental health care.”

In collaboration with BHECN, Dr. Evans and Dr. Roberts have coordinated 45 student trainees this year to provide care across the state. Students are completing supervised training in counseling, psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy.