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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2016

Contact: Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9313 or

DHHS Behavioral Health Director named to National Board

Lincoln— Courtney Phillips, Department of Health and Human Services CEO, announced today that Sheri Dawson, RN, Director of the DHHS Division of Behavioral Health, has been named to the board of directors of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

 “Sheri is a leader with a strong commitment to recovery, service integration and stakeholder engagement,” said Phillips. “She will be an outstanding addition to the NASMHPD board representing the Mid-Western Region.” 

Dawson was appointed Director of the DHHS Division of Behavioral Health by Gov. Pete Ricketts in August, 2015.  She has significant experience in the behavioral health field, both within state government and in the private hospital setting. 

NASMHPD operates under a cooperative agreement with the National Governors Association and works with states, federal partners, and stakeholders to promote wellness, recovery, and resilience for people with mental health conditions or co-occurring mental health and substance related disorders.  The organization informs members on policy issues, research findings and best practices, provides consultation, and facilitates state to state sharing.