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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

Projects

Sound Partners

This project engaged the statewide radio audience and three targeted communities in a project that raised public awareness of the issues Nebraskans must confront to create effective mental health care reform. Rural elderly, youth and minorities are particularly vulnerable to the deficiencies in Nebraska’s systems for delivering and accessing mental health care.

State Emergency Response Commission

The Nebraska State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) consists of representatives from  state and local government, including fire, law, public health, schools, industry, transportation, and the public.  The Commission oversees the activities of Local Emergency Planning Committees in identifying and preparing for potential risks from hazardous chemicals. The Public Policy Center helps facilitate strategic planning for […]

Statewide Depression Summit: Growing Success

NET and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center convened a statewide series of discussions focusing on creating pathways to the successful treatment of depression in communities across Nebraska. The objective of the summit was for Nebraskans to dialogue with each other, and with experts, about what communities can do to plan for and create […]

Statewide Drug Courts Evaluation

The Nebraska Public Policy Center has conducted two statewide evaluations of Nebraska’s Problem-Solving Courts for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The first evaluation was conducted from March – September of 2007 and covered eight probation problem-solving courts in Nebraska, including three adult drug courts (Midwest Nebraska, Northeast Nebraska, Sarpy County), four juvenile drug courts […]

Stratcom Perception Resistance & Deterrence

The objective of this project is to evaluate behavioral and motivational factors in the context of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) deterrence planning for a non-state, rogue, and near-peer adversary. The ultimate deliverable is a set of considerations that a deterrence analyst or planner can use to better estimate leaders’ reactions to U.S. actions […]

Studies of Representation of Children and Youth in Nebraska

Pursuant to LB 961 (2008), a study of Nebraska’s guardian ad litem practices was undertaken by the National Association of Counsel for Children (Denver, CO), and a study of Nebraska’s juvenile indigent defense system in delinquency cases was undertaken by the National Juvenile Defender Center (Washington, DC). Both reports were completed in December 2009, and […]

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 […]