BHECN adds 16th Partner Program to
Nebraska Behavioral Health Education Partnership (NeBHEP)
For the past four years, the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) collaborated with and provided funding to the 15 graduate mental health training programs spanning the state from Omaha to Chadron. The partnership is called the “Nebraska Behavioral Health Educational Partnership” or “NeBHEP” for short. BHECN recently added a 16 th partner, Creighton University’s psychiatric nurse practitioner program, to the group.  

The goals of the partnership are strengthening relationships among all of the programs, creating a unified voice among the diverse professions, and developing inter-professional training opportunities for students across the state.

“By bringing all of the academic training programs together, we are creating a collaborative effort to train students in Nebraska and hopefully keep many of them here,” said Joe Evans, PhD, who oversaw the development of NeBHEP. “This group represents the future of our mental health workforce in Nebraska.”
Two new staff members were also added to the BHECN team. They are working with all 16 partners and building upon the strengths of the program.
Following the footsteps of Dr. Evans who retired in January 2020, Allison Grennan, PhD, a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) is tasked with leading the NeBHEP partnership on behalf of BHECN. Dr. Grennan received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at MMI.

Dr. Grennan is also the Director of Internship Training for the APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in psychology and the Associate Co-Director for the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP).

Dr. Grennan conducts her clinic in the Omaha Metro area at Children’s Physicians, Bellevue.
Marcia Shadle-Cusic, MA, MS, LMHP, began working in higher education in 1979 at the College of Saint Mary, teaching and co-directing the Learning Resource Center and conducting academic advising. Following Saint Mary's she served as the Chaplain for Creighton University's School of Medicine and in 2015, Marcia came to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for a newly created position as the Student Wellness Advocate in the College of Medicine.

Marcia retired from UNMC in July 2019, after working for a combined twenty years in medical education from 1999-2019. A few months later BHECN recruited her to help with NeBHEP.

Marcia’s background in higher education and mental health counseling will be an asset as she works with the 16 partners to increase the number of licensed mental health professionals living and practicing in Nebraska.
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Retention of Direct Care Workers
Research Paper Released
Shinobu Watanabu Galloway
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Demand for behavioral health direct-care providers is increasing due to a shortage of licensed behavioral health providers. However, high turnover has been reported among them with limited exploratory research.

Recently a study was completed aimed at identifying a wide variety of barriers and promoters of retention and strategies to retain direct care workers.

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Core Topics Webinars for Behavioral Health Providers
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.

The series of webinars started on Monday, February 3 and will continue each Monday through March 30th.
Opioid Use Disorder
Training Modules
The Opioid Use Disorder Training Modules: “How to Implement Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in a Clinic Setting,” and “Assessment and Initiation of Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder” will cover different roles the medical office staff members adopt when working with patients with substance use disorders.

The modules were designed as a first step to providing education and direction for providers and they are available for viewing now!
Project ECHO
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Project ECHO uses videoconferencing technology to connect addiction and pain management specialists with providers to discuss de-identified cases related to substance use disorders. Each ECHO call consists of a brief didactic presentation followed by a clinical case discussion from a provider and recommendations from the team for treatment.
Upcoming Project ECHO Calls March & April 2020

Thursday, March 19
(Register by Mar 15)
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Pain and Personality
Thursday, April 16
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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.

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