BHECN's New Video - Official Release
BHECN embarked on a six month-long project to develop a new video which explains the purpose and mission behind why we do, what we do.

With ENVOY INC.'s help we interviewed several educators, providers, and students within BHECN's 15 partner programs while they were here in Omaha for the 1st Annual Behavioral Health Education Seminar. Interviewed participants for the video discussed BHECN's impact on improving the workforce for behavioral health in Nebraska.

Along with the new 7 minute video ENVOY also produced 12 short video spotlights which will be released throughout the year. These video spotlights will shine their light on different topics in behavioral health. We also developed a name for the 15 partners program, which will now be referred to as the Nebraska Behavioral Health Education Partnership or "The Partnership"

BHECN would like to thank all of our volunteer interviewees for their valuable time and insights into the impact BHECN has had on rural workforce needs. We look forward to working together on future solutions!

Connect with BHECN on Facebook to see the upcoming BHECN Spotlights!

Rural Futures Institute's
Episode 14 - Psychiatrist Howard Liu intersects mental health, workforce access
Dr. Connie with Rural Futures Institute hosted Howard Liu, M.D., Interim Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the   Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN)   at the   University of Nebraska Medical Center , on her podcast.

On the podcast, Dr. Liu addresses the critical area of mental health care access for rural communities. As one of the only organizations of its kind in the United States, BHECN works as a skunkworks to solve the wicked problem — a critical shortage of mental health providers in the highest underserved areas of the state.

Dr. Liu also addresses the signs and signals of mental health illness we should all be aware of and emphasizes the need for self reflection and self care.

BHECN Webinar Series
Inform Your Practice: An Evidence-Based Approach for Clients with Dual Diagnosis
Visit BHECN's website for free webinars!

The recent webinar on evidence based approach for clients with dual diagnosis by Dr. Dennis McChargue , associate professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is now available online.

Project ECHO Online Webinars
Project ECHO Monthly Calls
Project ECHO  is a virtual consultation model where physical and behavioral health providers can call in and receive recommendations on a patient case.

Each Project ECHO series focuses on a specific health topic, and experts on that topic are present to provide recommendations.

This Project ECHO call series focuses on Pain and Substance Use Disorder and allows providers the opportunity to make recommendations on cases and learn from their peers’ presentations.  
Monday, November 19
12-1:15 p.m. (CDT)

Register by November 15!
Presented by

Dr. John Massey, Pain Management Specialist

Dr. Massey has practiced pain medicine in Nebraska for 20 years. He was also recently involved with the Nebraska pain guidance document development.

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate types and sources of pain
  • Discuss tools and strategies for working with acute pain clients/patients
University of Nebraska Kearney awarded AmeriCorps Grant for $126,12 1
 The University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK) Counseling and School Psychology Department and the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska-Kearney (BHECN) were awarded a sub-award for the AmeriCorps Grant for $126,121.

Photo: Swearing in of students as AmeriCorps volunteers to start their internship. 
From left to right Katie Donahoo, Kelsey Belgum, Amber Schulenberg and Dr. Tina Chasek

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and ServeNebraska for $126,121 dollars. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ServeNebraska, HHS or the U.S. Government.
Congratulations to Havalynn Russell!!

Havalynn Russell has been nominated by all students on rotation with Lasting Hope Recovery Center (LHRC) as the BHECN Mentor of the Quarter!

Photo (from left): CU Pharmacy student Nick Olund, Dr. Hsieh, Havalynn Russell, UNMC PA student Brianna Davis and UNMC M3 Emma Huebner. 
BHECN Updates
Welcome new BHECN team member!

Bill Baerentzen, MHTTC Project Coordinator.

Bill joined BHECN to assist with the new Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), but he is not new to BHECN.

As one of BHECN's Interprofessional Site Coordinators, Bill worked on facilitating projects between BHECN and Community Alliance and was involved in statewide behavioral health workforce development.
Prior to BHECN, Bill served as the Manager of Behavioral Health Educational and Training at Community Alliance for seven years. At Community Alliance, Bill provided education, supervision and coordination of field placement for students and residents of a variety of disciplines, including psychiatry, family medicine, medicine, social work, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, occupational therapy, nursing, and physicians assistants.

Welcome aboard!
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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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