Behavioral health According to 2021 data from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, all but three of Nebraska’s 93 counties have a shortage of mental health professionals. We're working to close this gap by providing support for programs that focus on serious mental illness, recovery from substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and supportive and intensive case management services. Since 2018, the Foundation has awarded more than $550,000 in behavioral health grants that align with these priorities. With our grants, Nebraska nonprofits have implemented programs that advanced tele-mental health services, behavioral health services in schools, peer-support services, and bilingual health care support.
$ 75,000 to provide long-term behavioral health services for children
Lincoln-based HopeSpoke provides comprehensive behavioral health services for children and families, including crisis and residential services, extended day treatment, outpatient services, and school programs. In 2019, we supported HopeSpoke’s extended day treatment program for children ages 5 to 11 who have extreme behavioral health challenges that put them at risk for out-of-home placement or hospitalization. With our funding, HopeSpoke was also able to expand telehealth services and streamline its intake process so that wait times for its services decreased from 45+ days to 23 days. In 2020, our emergency-relief funding helped HopeSpoke deliver services via telehealth during the pandemic.
Building relationships and trust
In 2019, we launched a series of local discussions and learning forums called Community Conversations . These events have helped us cultivate a network of nonprofit partners and leaders in health who assist us in learning about the variety of health needs that exist across Nebraska. These partnerships enable us to build trust in the communities we serve, and respond to local needs in a way that makes a difference.
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