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Nebraska System of Care Evaluation

The Nebraska System of Care (NeSOC) creates a comprehensive and sustainable system of care that is youth guided, family-driven, trauma-informed and culturally responsive to improve outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. Public Policy Center researchers will work with partners to collect service-level data on individuals and families to complete […]

Evaluation of Integrated Mental/Physical Health 360 Program

Individuals with serious mental illness or substance use issues generally have more serious physical health problems than the general population; yet this population has difficulty accessing appropriate medical care through the traditional health care system. Lutheran Family Services and People’s Health Center have developed the Health 360 program, a new integrated approach which provides behavioral […]

Ending Chronic Homelessness: Evaluation

The Public Policy Center will serve as the program evaluator for a three-year project aiming to end chronic homelessness in Lincoln, NE. Through a collaboration of Region V Behavioral Health Systems, CenterPointe, and the Mental Health Association, the project will provide housing, behavioral health treatment, and peer and employment supports to persons experiencing chronic homelessness […]

Peer Bridger Pilot

Peer Support Services are an important component in the behavioral health system of care and have been shown to improve outcomes for persons with behavioral health challenges. While peer support has been studied extensively in community programs, relatively little is known about effective implementation in inpatient settings. This project established an innovative pilot for peer […]

Study of the Opportunities for Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Primary Care Integration in Nebraska

Integrating public health, primary care and behavioral health care provides opportunities that can benefit all people in Nebraska. PPC staff members conducted a literature review of promising national practices and performing an environmental scan of innovative integration projects across Nebraska. Staff facilitated workgroup meetings that engaged partners to discuss opportunities and ideas. The workgroup developed […]

Community Assessment & Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Phase II: Innovation Communities

The Public Policy Center teamed up with several Lincoln organizations to identify behavioral health data that provide insights into community trends. Through this project, existing administrative data was compiled to increase community knowledge about behavioral health and created a context for behavioral health system action. One of four “innovation community” projects across the United States, […]

Early Childhood Mental Health Facilitation – Rooted in Relationships

The PPC provided facilitation to Saline County stakeholders in early childhood mental health to reach the goal of all children ages 0- 5 in Saline County experiencing positive social and emotional growth. The stakeholder group objective was to create a work plan for the county and to select a fiscal agency for a grant through […]

NDHHS Peer Support Credentialing

Peer support credentialing for Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) began with focus group work from a previous assessment from the Transformation Technology Initiative (TTI), discovering the need to standardize peer support credentialing efforts in the state. This project facilitated stakeholders, and peers with lived experiences, in the selection of criteria for eventual […]

Gamblers Assistance Program Standards Facilitation

The Gamblers Assistance Program project initiated the facilitation of a work group identified through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Gamblers Assistance Program stakeholders to identify behavioral health clinical supervision standards, best practices, and recommendations for clinical supervision scholarship processes. The group also created a problem gambling credentialing scholarship process to assist […]

Collaborating Across the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to Integrate Mental Health and Chaplaincy Services

Nieuwsma, J.A., Jackson, G.L., DeKraai, M.B., Bulling, D.J., Cantrell, W.C., Rhodes, J.E., Bates, M.J., Ethridge, K., Lane, M.E., Tenhula, W.N., Batten, S.J., & Meador, K.G. (2014). Collaborating across the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense to integrate mental health and chaplaincy services. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29, S885-S894.