NEBRASKA BEACON
August/September 2020
A publication of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN)
Brent Khan
BHECN Receives a $200,000 grant to support five rural Nebraska counties
The U.S Department of Health and Human Resources - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has given the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) a $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) grant to connect people and resources in rural Nebraska.

The RCORP is a multi-year grant to address barriers to access in rural communities related to substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD). This grant will allow the development of a consortium to build a strategic plan incorporating long-lasting changes to facilitate prevention, treatment and recovery in underserved rural areas.

The RCORP grant focuses on five Nebraska counties: Filmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer. The five rural consortium members will come from multiple sectors: Public Health Solutions, Fillmore County Hospital, Blue Valley Behavioral Health Services, Saline Medical Services, and the Crete Police Department.

"The goals of the RCORP grant tie directly into BHECN's mission to improving access to behavioral health care in Nebraska," said Brent Khan, BHECN co-director and principal investigator of the RCORP grant, "since it's inception, BHECN has provided support, resources and educational opportunities for Nebraska's behavioral health workforce."
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $200,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/acknowledgehrsafunding.
Congratulations to
Allison Grennan, PhD for receiving a UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute Silver U Award!
The Silver U Award is given annually to approximately 72 employees whose overall performance is above and beyond the scope of their position. Awardees receive a Silver U pin, a clothing item with the Silver U logo, and an invitation to the Silver U luncheon with Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

Dr. Grennan is a Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychology Internship Training program. She is also Co-Associate Director of the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP) and Assistant Director of Education for the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN).
BHECN has several
online training opportunities
see below for more information.
Opioid Use Disorder
Training Modules
A free training series, the Opioid Use Disorder Training Modules are designed for Physicians, psychologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, licensed mental health therapists, LADC, and social workers.
Core Topics Webinars
Available Online
A free webinar series, Core Topics are designed to educate behavioral health trainees on a variety of practical behavioral health topics, including schizophrenia, forensic issues and more.
Project ECHO
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an opportunity for providers across the state to get specialist knowledge, clinical advice, and recommendations from substance use and pain management specialists in a virtual learning network.
FREE Virtual Yoga & Wellness Videos
Join us for the BHECN Serenity Project! A series of FREE online breathing, meditation, yoga and wellness videos. Thank you to Lotus House of Yoga for their partnership in bringing this FREE resource to BHECN's audience.
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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 under-served 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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