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 retention of psychiatrists in the state.
The psychiatry residence training is sponsored by the Departments of Psychiatry at the Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Fully accredited training is offered in General Psychiatry as well as Fellowships in Geriatric and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
All psychiatry residents will receive training in rural mental health issues. All residents will be committed to a weeklong site visit to a designated rural community in the second year of training to improve collaboration with local services and become familiar with the communities they serve. Then, in their third and fourth years, residents will be involved in rural outreach clinics via telehealth facilities. The telehealth model will be created in collaboration with the joint Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Jim Sorrell, M.D. Through this process, all our 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 than psychiatrists to meet the needs of citizens. BEHCN will work with all behavioral health students including psychology, nursing, pharmacy, peer support, 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.