“It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in HEALTH are HEAL.” – Ed Northstrum
Mental health, along with physical health, is what defines our overall well-being. It is at the very core of how we see and react to the world around us. Recognizing the need for mental health services shows courage and strength. It is taking control of what matters most – you and your family!
Nebraska Mental Health helps you navigate your mental health needs in one, easy-to-use location. Let us provide you with the knowledge, resources and care you deserve.
Over ten years ago, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) noted there were a growing number of children and youth who needed better access and more appropriate mental health services. In 2013, with support from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF), Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, and The Kim Foundation, Project Harmony joined ranks with Nebraska Families Collaborative and over thirty other partners to improve mental health services for children and youth in the Omaha Metropolitan Area.
NebraskaMentalHealth.com is an outcome of this effort.
NebraskaMentalHealth.com provides centralized access to local and regional mental health information in a single location. The goal of NebraskaMentalHealth.com is to expand knowledge about mental health terminology and to help connect those in need with the mental health information, treatment, and services. The website includes:
- Basic mental health information;
- Common mental health terminology;
- Information about evidence based therapy practices (EBPs);
- Local therapist information;
- Links to mental health related sites on the local, state, and national levels; and,
- Other resource addressing basic needs (such as transportation, food pantries, and utility assistance).
With new resources added continually, this isn’t just about finding a mental health provider. It is about feeling informed and empowered.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a “Support of Expectant and Parenting Teens, Women, Fathers and Their Families” grant in July of 2018. This grant was written in partnership with communities, and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation is the sub-awardee. Named the “Nebraska Expectant and Parenting Grant (NEPG),” this grant is not intended to create new programming or services, but instead aims to align the following current strategies in communities:
- Community Response
- Connected Youth Initiative
- Early Childhood Care and Education
- Youth Voice, Engagement and Leadership
The purpose of the NEPG is to positively transform parenting behaviors and outcomes for pregnant/parenting older youth by building personal and parenting skills. The goal is to prevent two-generation involvement in the child welfare system among children whose parents (age 14-26) are in, or formerly were in, the foster care system, have experiences in juvenile justice system, experienced homelessness, sexual exploitation, or were runaway.
Year one of the grant will focus on Douglas County, Norfolk and North Platte. Year two will expand into Sarpy County and Lincoln. The total award amount is $969,906 per year, and the award period is 7/1/18 to 6/30/20.
If you wish to be involved in grant implementation or have further questions, please contact Ronda Newman at email@example.com.