University of Nebraska Medical Center

Research, Data and Policy

Research and data collection are vital to understanding the needs for behavioral health workforce development and training and in advancing policies that help improve behavioral health in our state.

In collaboration with other academic institutions and federal agencies, BHECN conducts a variety of behavioral health workforce projects to inform the public policies and practices to improve access to and quality of behavioral health care in Nebraska, the Mid-America region, and the United States. Research focus areas for BHECN include Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis, Provider Education and Training, Integrated Care, School-Based Mental Health, Women’s Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders.

Reports and Policy

Workforce Dashboard

Explore key data and statistics about Nebraska’s behavioral health workforce.

Legislative Reports

Read the bi-annual reports on Nebraska’s behavioral health workforce for members of the state legislature.


Access information related BHECN’s allocation of $25.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to Nebraska behavioral health providers.

Nebraska Behavioral Health Policy Forum

Learn about BHECN’s annual policy forum.

BHECN research ensures work is data driven

Read how BHECN's unique research informs our efforts to strengthen Nebraska's behavioral health workforce.

A photo of Kendra Ratnapradipa, PhD.