University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Behavioral Health Policy Forum

Access video and presentation slides from our 2023 forum

Thank you for your interest in our 2023 Nebraska Behavioral Health Policy Forum. We hoped you found the event insightful and informative.

Below you can watch a video of the forum. You also can download a PDF of the presentation slides used during the forum.

The forum focused on how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars are being used to recruit, train, and retain behavioral health workers across the state.

The Nebraska Legislature in 2022 allocated more than $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to BHECN to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of behavioral health professionals. The virtual forum featured comments from BHECN ARPA Director Jessie Buche and two Nebraska behavioral health providers who were awarded ARPA funds by BHECN.

The forum also feature a presentation by BHECN Associate Director for Research Kendra Ratnapradipa, Ph.D., who discussed new BHECN data relating to Nebraska’s behavioral health workforce.

Watch a full recording BHECN's 2023 policy forum.