“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.
Project Everlast has been an integral part of implementing the Nebraska Expectant and Parenting grant to offer enhanced services and supports for young people age 14 to 25 who are pregnant or parenting. The Nebraska Expectant and Parenting grant is a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Office of Adolescent Health. This grant was awarded to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Children and Family Services. Nebraska Children and Families Foundation was selected as the subrecipient organization. The grant work plan involves moving resources to community collaboratives in five communities in Nebraska. The first year, ending June 30, 2019, identified two communities for implementation, one in the Omaha/Douglas County area and in two rural communities, North Platte/Lincoln County and the Norfolk/Boone, Madison, Pierce, Stanton and Wayne Counties in northeast Nebraska. In year two, the areas of Lincoln/Lancaster County and Sarpy County will be added. The outcomes of the grant are to build and enhance systems that support young parents, improving collaboration and practices within the communities.
In the Omaha area, NEPG monies have been managed by the Douglas County Community Response (CR) Team. The CR Team pulled together a group of providers who created a plan to enhance system collaboration and supports in the area, informed by input from young parents. Project Everlast and the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative were identified as the entities in which young people can enter and access supports and services via this grant. This provides a “one-door” entry point for young parents and has substantially increased the levels of collaboration across the community. The partnership between NECC and Project Everlast has greatly enhanced the ability to reach young parents as well as leverage the resources that each entity offers to this vulnerable population.
The central access point for accessing supports/services for young parents through this grant is listed below: