Inspire Youth in Your Community
Apply for the Ambassador Career Engagement Awards by June 1
In the state of Nebraska, we experience shortages of behavioral health providers, especially in rural and underserved areas. In fact, 32 counties in Nebraska have no behavioral health provider of any kind.
One way BHECN is addressing this shortage is to educate our youth about opportunities to work in the behavioral health professions.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

 BHECN is accepting applications for the 2 nd Annual Ambassador Career Engagement Awards , aimed at increasing awareness of behavioral health professions across the state.
BHECN will make funds available for community groups to introduce local youth to behavioral health professions through experiences within their communities. Click here to see the 2017 recipients.

Priority will be given to programs that reach students in rural and/or urban, underserved communities.
The deadline to apply is June 1 and funds must be used for programs offered between July 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019.  Visit BHECN’s website to learn more about the application process and download the Request for Proposal.

Do you have a unique program to engage our future workforce
and educate youth about working in behavioral health?

Organization Spotlight
Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network Aims to Expand Behavioral Health Access
In northeast Nebraska, the mental health provider per population rate is 2,997 to 1.

The Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network (NeNeBHN) is developing strategies to close this gap and expand access to mental health services with the help of a three-year grant from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

(pictured left to right) NeNeBHN Director, Jon Bailey, Communications Director, Elisha Smith, and Community Outreach Director, Traci Bruckner
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OpiRescue App Offers Free Overdose Support Tool 

Opiate overdose continues to be a major public health problem in the United States. It has contributed significantly to accidental deaths among those who use, misuse or abuse illicit and prescription opioids.

OpiRescue is a free overdose support tool provided by OpiSafe, a safe opioid prescribing platform for care providers. The recommended steps for responding to an overdose provided in this application have been developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and are available in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit.
According to addiction medicine specialist, Ken Zoucha, M.D., it is appropriate for anyone prescribing buprenorphine or treating opioid disorders. “I think it is something that everyone on buprenorphine or methadone should have on their phones,” he said.
“It's easy to use,” said Julie Houfek, Ph.D., APRN. “It's meant more for the lay population, and it's a great app for all nurses.”
HRSA’s Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair
Connect with Healthcare Organizations Across the Country
The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a Virtual Job Fair for behavioral health professionals on April 11. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from over 100 healthcare organizations recruiting for 1,000+ behavioral health vacancies during the event.

Join from the comfort of your own home to learn about these healthcare organizations’ clinical environments, the populations they serve, and the rewards of providing care in their communities. Clinicians hired by organizations in Health Professional Shortage Areas may also qualify for educational loan repayment through HRSA programs, such as the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:45 – 10:15 p.m. ET
Training Opportunities
Save the date for the 1 st Annual BHECN Rural Provider Support Network Conference.
May 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Harms Center
2620 College Park (WNCC Campus)
Scottsbluff, NE
Topics include:
  • Ethical Challenges in Rural Practice
  • Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings
  • Preventing Compassion Fatigue in Rural Practice
  • Consumer Perspectives

This is an opportunity for rural providers to gather information, earn CEU’s*, and network with other rural providers. More details will be available soon here.

* CEU’s will be available for LMHP’s (and we are working to provide them for psychologists, as well).
BHECN Webinar Series

Incorporating Sexuality & Gender Concepts into Mental Health Practice

Thursday, April 19:

  • Part 4: Treatment of Common Sexual Problems

  • 1 Social Work CEU is available upon completion of the evaluation.

This series is presented by Dr. Amanda Randall and Liam Heerten-Rodriguez from the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Recordings and handouts for Part 1, 2 & 3 are also available here.
Upcoming ECHO Calls

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an opportunity for Nebraska providers to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice and recommendations from substance use and pain management specialists in a virtual learning network.

Each ECHO call consists of a brief didactic presentation followed by a clinical case discussion from a provider and treatment recommendations from the team.

When: 2 - 1:15 p.m. (CDT) via Zoom Videoconferencing

Upcoming Dates & Topics:
March 30
Pain Management: Pharmacological Interventions, presented by Dr. John Massey

April 6 
Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Non-Pharmacological Interventions, presented by Dr. Sandra Cook-Fong

April 20  
Relapse: Peer Support and Primary Support, presented by Aaron Barnes
BHECN Updates
BHECN co-sponsored UNO's Symposium on Counseling, Mental Health & Behavioral Health Careers in P-12 Schools in March. Expert panelists included (left to right) Megan Pendley, LICSW, Tim Hron, LIMHP, Ann Luther, Ed.D., and Brian McKevitt, Ph.D., NSCP.
Hosted by the UNO Counseling Department and Upsilon Nu Omicron, the event was coordinated with the help of UNO master of counseling students (left to right) Carli Palladino, Meaghan Barr, Lindsay Vik, Jared Langenmeier
Dr. Evans Selected for National Committees

BHECN’s Clinical Director, Joe Evans, Ph.D. , was invited to serve on the HRSA Advisory Committee on Interprofessional Community-based Linkages.

He was also invited to serve on the American Psychological Association’s Educational Advocacy program. 
Dr. Chasek Elected President of IAAOC

BHECN Kearney Director, Tina Chasek, Ph.D. , was elected president of the International Association of Addiction and Offending Counselors (IAAOC), which is a subdivision of the National Counseling Association, representing 60,000 counselors nationally. Her post as president begins July 1, 2018 and she will focus on setting the vision, establishing a strategic plan and addressing addiction and offender counseling competencies. 
BHECN's Mission
The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), pronounced “beacon”, was established in 2009 by a legislative bill to address the shortage of behavioral health professionals in rural and underserved areas of the state. It is a unique partnership among the state legislature, academic institutions, and community partners
to create a statewide workforce solution to increase the number of licensed behavioral health professionals.

View our video to learn more about our mission, programs and initiatives.
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