BHECN has a commitment to increase the number of students training in the behavioral health fields in all areas of the state. This commitment will initially focus on increasing the number of psychiatry residents trained in the state and focus on identifying barriers to the retention of psychiatrists in the state.
There are two psychiatry residence training programs in Nebraska. One is sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) and fully accredited training is offered in General Psychiatry as well as Fellowships in Geriatric and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The second psychiatry residence program sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska, just got its start in 2020.
All psychiatry residents will receive training in rural mental health issues. All residents will experience a month-long rural clinical rotation in a designated community during their second year of training. All residents will be also be involved in rural outreach clinics via telehealth facilities. Through this process, all psychiatry residency graduates will have developed an appreciation for rural Nebraska and the behavioral health needs of its citizens.
The behavioral health system must have more professionals than just psychiatrists to meet the needs of citizens. BHECN will work with all behavioral health students including counseling, psychology, nursing, social work and other graduate behavioral health training programs to increase the number of students trained in the state and the retention of these students in the state.