BHECN has contracted with the Resource for Advancing Children's Health Institute (REACH) to expand the skills of interprofessional primary care providers throughout the state of Nebraska. The REACH Institute provides primary care professionals, pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants and psychiatrists with up-to-date training in the use of identification and treatment of behavioral health problems in children and adolescents.

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science, it takes 18 years on average for medical innovations to reach patients. Reducing the wait for science to reach its intended beneficiaries is advantageous and helpful to families, communities and society as a whole. REACH and its scientific partners believe that this time lag can be reduced to less than 3 years, giving more than 3 million young people a real chance for happier, healthier and more productive lives. The REACH Institute helps children with emotional and behavioral challenges get the help they need now with proven therapies.

The Primary Pediatric Psychopharmacology (PPP) training program addresses the practical needs of busy, practicing clinicians. It is tailored to meet YOUR needs. Delivered by a world-class team of developmental/behavioral pediatricians, clinical nurse specialists, and child & adolescent psychiatrists, PPP training helps clinicians transform their practices, increase productivity, reduce burnout and improve work satisfaction.

The training program helps primary care professionals gain confidence in delivering pediatric behavioral healthcare. Participants will learn to 1) correctly identify pediatric behavioral health problems such as childhood depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety states (including PTSD), oppositional and conduct disorders and psychosis, 2) properly differentiate and distinguish pediatric health problems from normal developmental variations, 3) effectively manage psychopharmacology, including selecting medications for individual patients, initiating and tapering dosages, monitoring improvements and identifying and minimizing side effects, and 4) implement a treatment plan with existing resources, including learning how to delegate tasks by creating treatment teams composed of family members, school personnel and other professional caregivers.

More information is available at: 
BHECN REACH Nebraska Primary Care Symposium on Behavioral Healthcare for Children and Adolescents