The largest and most dynamic aspect of BHECN's "practice" is developing progressive and effective ways to provide quality training and education for the behavioral health workforce.  BHECN  follows a model developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which  helps organizations around the world transform "what if" thinking into the reality of better health care with a constant focus on innovation, collaboration and results.

A major product of the IHI is the Learning Collaborative.  A Learning Collaborative is a quality improvement activity focused on developing and adapting best clinical practices across multiple settings. BHECN uses the Learning Collaborative to facilitate faculty groups to develop new curriculum materials that are high priority for the development of workforce competency, recruitment and retention.

Examples of high priority curriculum topics that BHECN will develop include how to provide telehealth services, to understand the role of recovery in behavioral health treatment and to establish competencies for provision of care to persons with both mental health and substance abuse problems (co-occurring disorders).

The BHECN learning collaborative groups will be cooperative partnerships and will follow these evidence-based modalities:

Learning collaboratives will be time limited, data-driven, and communication dependent.  All learning collaboratives will be interprofessional, including representation of at least two professional groups. In addition, all collaboratives will include consumer and/or family member participation from the start of the discussion.  The ultimate goal of this approach is to promote the development, dissemination and adoption of evidence based behavioral health practices in diverse settings throughout Nebraska and local communities.

Examples of Learning Collaboratives from 2009-2012 include:

Please join us in a learning collaborative effort.  You can participate from any location in the state. 

"BHECN will establish interprofessional collaborative partnerships to create and disseminate educational materials for the development of the behavioral health workforce, with emphasis on the recovery-focused needs of consumers."