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Behavioral Health Workforce Development in Nebraska Department of Correctional Services and Nebraska Health and Human Services (LB 242)

The Nebraska Legislature has appropriated funding over two years to the Nebraska Board of Regents for the recruitment of graduate students training as behavioral health professionals. For this project, the Public Policy Center partnered with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), the Department of Correctional Services, and the Department of Health and Human […]

Region V: Organizational Consulting

Region V Systems (Region V) is the legislatively-designated authority responsible for planning, coordinating, and contracting for publicly-funded behavioral health services in the 16-county region in southeast Nebraska. The Public Policy Center consulted with Region V to assist them in developing greater internal capacity for continuous quality improvement, particularly in the area of outcomes-focused measurement. The […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Development of Model Grievance Guidelines for Persons with Mental Illness

Consumers of behavioral health services have rights identified in federal and state law. However, navigating those rights and enforcement systems can be a complicated and difficult process. A particularly important right is the right to file a grievance about a behavioral health provider, but many consumers may neglect to do so because they fear retaliation […]