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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Center Assists in Securing Disaster Response Grants for Adults and Nebraska Schools

Region V Systems in Lincoln, Nebraska has been awarded a nearly $1 Million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Response Grant for Adults, which will operate for 18 months starting April 30. Dr. Stacey Hoffman, Senior Research Manager at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, played an instrumental role in writing and coordinating all grant materials submitted by Region V and will serve as the local evaluator for the grant. Additional grant partners include: Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, Region 4 Behavioral Health System, and the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline. This grant will provide mental health and/or substance abuse treatment in 23 Nebraska counties, as well as outreach and education for communities in disaster impacted areas.

Moreover, Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare in Omaha, has been awarded a nearly $1 Million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Response Grant for Schools, which will operate from April 30, 2020 to October 29, 2021. Dr. Stacey Hoffman of the Public Policy Center played an instrumental role in writing and coordinating all grant materials submitted by Region 6, and will serve as the local evaluator for the grant. Additional grant partners include: Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, Region 4 Behavioral Health System, and the Nebraska School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP) Program. The project will serve youth and families in 23 Nebraska counties. It will leverage and expand existing programs working with schools to identify and serve students with behavioral health needs and their families, including those experiencing impacts due to severe flooding in 2019.