University of Nebraska Medical Center

The BHECN Model

The BHECN Model is a comprehensive behavioral health workforce development model that consists of the following components:

  1. Education: Inform the public about behavioral health careers.
  2. Mentorship: Provide support and guidance to students interested in behavioral health careers.
  3. Experiences: Financial support of graduate and post-graduate behavioral health trainees.
  4. Lifelong learning: Free continuing education for licensed behavioral health providers.
  5. Local autonomy: Supporting regional satellite sites to fit the needs of the local behavioral health community.
  6. Advocacy: Engagement in public policy.

BHECN Model Webinar Series

Innovative Recruitment Strategies for Behavioral Health Careers

This webinar discusses recruitment strategies that are essential to enhance behavioral health pathways for a successful career while addressing the shortage of this specialty in rural communities.

Retaining Behavioral Health Professionals

Explore a multifaceted outreach program for professionals derived by BHECN to illustrate the dimensional efforts from exemplary behavioral health professionals in the state.

Using Data to Support the Behavioral Health Workforce

Hear about the trends in the behavioral health workforce and analyze new data endeavors to better understand timely challenges facing the field.

How State Policies Support the Behavioral Health Workforce

This webinar will describe how to leverage policy solutions to recruit, train, and retain the behavioral health workforce, as exemplified by the creation of BHECN in the Nebraska state legislature in 2009.

Unique Considerations for Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Development

Learn how to overcome the unique challenges of rural practice and how to address these obstacles utilizing satellite locations based on BHECN's programming within rural Nebraska.

A guiding light for other states

Read how BHECN serves as a model for other states looking to address their behavioral health workforce challenges.

A photo of Sara Hunt, PhD, (center) Assistant Dean of Behavioral Health Sciences at the Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, BHECN’s Erin Schneider, EdD, (Right) and Marley Doyle, MD, (left).