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Training Opportunities This Fall
BHECN has collaborated with many of our partners to provide a host of training opportunities this fall. We hope you can join us for some of these programs to learn new methods and expand your knowledge.

  • Sustaining the Collaborative Care Approach Discussion - Oct. 13
  • Applying the Collaborative Care Approach Training - Oct. 14
  • The Schizophrenia Spectrum Webinar - Oct. 19
  • 2nd Annual Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit - Nov. 1
Read more about these opportunities in our newsletter below.

We are also excited to announce two new grants impacting rural behavioral health, and I invite you to read more about these grants and other initiatives below.

Howard Liu, M.D.
BHECN Director
Two Grants to Expand Rural Behavioral Health Services
Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Grant Provides Tuition Assistance for Addiction Counselors and Community Health Workers

The Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) has received a four-year, $1.1 million grant to increase the number of behavioral health paraprofessionals in rural and medically underserved areas of Nebraska.

The grant will provide tuition assistance for 70 non-traditional students each year to become community health workers and provisionally licensed addiction counselors.

With an emphasis on recruiting rural, low-income and minority students, upon completion of training, students commit to work in rural or medically underserved areas of Nebraska.
“This is a unique opportunity for non-traditional students to gain the knowledge and entry level experience in the behavioral health profession, and this training can be a stepping stone to further education and career advancement in the field,” said Project Director and BHECN Co-director, Brent Khan, Ed.D.  

Grant Expands Rural Behavioral Health Services with Training for Master's and Doctoral-level Students

Munroe-Meyer Institute and BHECN’s Clinical Director, Joe Evans, Ph.D., received a $1.92 million grant to train and place behavioral health professionals in rural primary care clinics in Nebraska to provide therapy and medication management for children and adults.

“Our goal is to integrate these trainees into primary care clinics in rural towns with at least 2,500 population,” stated Dr. Evans. “There is a great need for behavioral health services in these areas, and this is an opportunity to connect students to training experiences where they can make an impact and hopefully stay in the community.”

The grant supports training 28 doctoral level psychologists, 16 psychiatric nurse practitioners, and 20 master’s level counselors, marriage and family therapists and psychologists over four years.

Ambassador Spotlight
Meet Emily J. Donoghue, MSE
Emily discovered her passion for working with people living with mental illness and substance use disorders during her time working at a long-term treatment facility.

With support and encouragement from her coworkers, she obtained a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Science in Education in Counselor Education/Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wayne State College. She just completed an internship where she gained new experience working with children and families and aspires to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Public Hearing Examines Rural Training Opportunities
On September 8, 2017, the State Appropriations Committee held a public hearing on LR238, a resolution that created an interim study to examine the effectiveness of state funding for behavioral health internships and fellowships in rural Nebraska. The interim study legislation was sponsored by the chair of the Appropriations Committee, Senator John Stinner of Scottsbluff. 

Nick Brotzel, BHECN outreach & program development coordinator and Keith Allen, clinical director at Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), testified at the hearing at the request of Senator Stinner. In their testimony, Brotzel and Allen highlighted the success of BHECN’s state-funded integrated behavioral health internship programs. These programs are designed to provide masters and doctoral-level psychology interns with valuable hands-on training experiences at any one of 42 integrated primary and behavioral health clinics across the state.  See map above for a full complement of clinic sites.

Minority Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
SAMHSA's Minority Fellowship Programs (MFP)'s are accepting fellowship applications for the 2017-2018 academic cycle. The MFP seeks to improve behavioral health outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of well-trained, culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to work in underserved, minority communities.

Upcoming Events & Training
The Collaborative Care Approach
Sustaining the Collaborative Care Approach - Discussion
Community stakeholders are invited to join a discussion about "Sustaining the Collaborative Care Approach." Trainers from Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS Center) at the University of Washington will lead the discussion. 

When: Friday, October 13, 2017
9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy
CHI Clinic Room 11661 A&B
7710 Mercy Road, Omaha NE 68124

Video broadcast to UNMC Sorrell Center Room 2018

Live Stream is available and can be requested through registration link.

Space is limited!
Registration deadline October 10th: http://bit.ly/SustainingIntegratedBH

Cost : Free

Who should attend?  
Community stakeholders, anybody who wants to learn more about sustaining the collaborative care approach.

Applying the Collaborative Care Approach - Training
Evidence-based Mental Health Delivery in Primary Care Settings 

In Nebraska, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) has partnered with WellCare, the Metro Omaha Medical Society, UNMC, and Creighton University Medical Center to
sponsor two options to attend a 4-hour training on Collaborative Care, one of the most evidence-based models of integrated care.

This course is being offered at two different dates and locations:

When & Where:
Friday, October 13, 2017 
1:00 – 5:30 pm 
CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center Bergan Mercy 
CHI Clinic Room 11661 A&B 
7710 Mercy Road, Omaha NE 68124 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 
8:00 am – 12:30 pm 
University of Nebraska Medical Center 
Maurer Center for Public Health Room 3013 
519 So 40 St, Omaha NE 68105 

Space is limited!
Registration deadline October 2nd : http://bit.ly/CollaborativeCareModel 

Cost : Free

Who should attend?  
All mental health professionals and general health professionals including psychiatrists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, licensed mental health therapists, social workers, students and residents. 

2nd Annual Psychiatric Nursing Workforce Summit
Strengthening the Psychiatric Mental Health Workforce: Practice, Education and Policy Considerations - Nov. 1
  • Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Dr. Gail Stuart, dean and tenured Distinguished University Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • Provides 4.75 contact hours under ANCC criteria.

When: Wed., November 1
8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

UNO Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St., Omaha NE 68106

Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at door if space available.

Who should attend?
Nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other health professionals or students who are interested in mental/behavioral health.

Registration deadline is October 25.
Space is limited!

BHECN Webinar Series:
Core Topics for Behavioral Health Providers
The Schizophrenia Spectrum:
Science and Practice 

Join BHECN for a webinar on the Schizophrenia Spectrum presented by
Dr. Will Spaulding , co-author of The Schizophrenia Spectrum and professor
of psychology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. 

This webinar includes two presentations:

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (CDT)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (CDT)

Where: Online-only webinar

Cost: Free

Who should attend? 
Behavioral health trainees, behavioral health providers, faculty 

NebraskaBehavioralHealthJobs.com  makes it easy to post and find job openings for a variety of behavioral health careers in Nebraska. Here are some of our most recent job postings:

Therapist - PLMHP/PLADC or fully licensed – Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (North Platte, NE)

Youth Program Specialist II – DHHS (Kearney, NE)

Homeless Services - Transition – Community Alliance (Omaha, NE)

Outpatient Clinical Program Director - CenterPointe (Lincoln, NE)

It's totally free to search for jobs, and free for employers to post new job openings! For more behavioral health jobs info, subscribe to  The Connection newsletter.
BHECN Updates
NARMH Annual Conference
The BHECN team attended the  National Association of Rural Mental Health's 43rd Annual Conference this month and provided seven presentations on various rural workforce solutions, including topics on interdisciplinary training, integrated care in primary practice, and rural workforce pipeline programs. It was a great opportunity to learn from other clinicians, administrators, educators and consumers from across the U.S. stretching from Alaska to New Mexico to Washington D.C.
Career Pathways Brochure Available
BHECN has created a new brochure, “Pathways to a Career in Behavioral Health” featuring eight licensed behavioral health careers and the academic pathways to get there.

We are in the process of distributing nearly 10,000 of these brochures to academic and career counselors at the high school and undergraduate levels, in addition to behavioral health special interest groups and programs across the state.

If you would like a supply of these brochures to use for your own programs, please contact Krista Roberts , BHECN’s communications coordinator.

You may also visit our website at unmc.edu/bhecn/career-pathways to download the brochure, view career testimonial videos and find more behavioral health career resources.
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.
 402.552.7697 | bhecn@unmc.edu