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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

Nebraska Statewide Recycling Evaluation

This project evaluated opportunities, barriers, and gaps for recycling and solid waste disposal across all Nebraska counties and municipalities.  Tools for the program evaluation included a multi-modal survey approach as well as several stakeholder focus groups.  As part of the project, the research team collected stakeholder input on strategies to enhance recycling in Nebraska in […]

Nebraska Strong: Recovery Project

  The Nebraska Strong Recovery Project is a mental health outreach program working with Nebraska communities and individuals. Outreach workers and hotlines provide community-based counseling and identify unmet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Nebraska. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds the Crisis Counseling Program in conjunction with the Center for Mental […]

Nebraska Suicide Prevention

The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center is partnering with the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, Nebraska Department of Education, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, and Interchurch Ministries of Nebraska to carry out activities as part of a youth suicide prevention grant from the Substance […]

Partnering to Reach Integrated Competitive Employment (PRICE)

This project studied the programs and supports serving persons with disabilities who work, or want to work, in competitive employment settings.  The result was a series of reports covering areas relating to persons with disabilities’ perceptions and experiences with work, the structuring of personal assistant services, the impact on changes in Medicaid eligibility guidelines and […]

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 […]

Peer Support Certification Evaluation

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services contracted with the Public Policy Center to assess Nebraska’s current peer support certification process and to assist in coordinating a trauma-informed care initiative. The project included a review of literature on certification and trauma related to peer support services, a survey and focus groups conducted with peer […]