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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Past Projects

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 […]

Platte River Habitat Partnership Survey

Nebraska’s native prairies are a valued resource and under constant anthropogenic demand and degradation. By engaging land owners in voluntary programs, the Platte River Habitat Partnership aims to restore and enhance this important natural resource. In this project, the Public Policy Center conducted a survey to assess land owners’ perceptions of the Platte River Habitat […]

Privatization Process Evaluation

The Public Policy Center evaluated the privatization of behavioral health services that took place during 2013 – 2014 in Nebraska’s Region V System service area. The Community Mental Health Center, operated by the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners (Board), was one of the key providers of behavioral health services within the network of Region V […]

Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza Evaluation

This project engaged the public in discussions regarding which subgroups in the population require the earliest vaccine protection against influenza in the event of a pandemic. The project tested a new model of public engagement and gathered useful information for decision makers by including a societal perspective on the prioritization of pandemic flu vaccine.