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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2016

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DHHS, UNMC Ask Nebraskans to Answer
Online Survey Regarding Behavioral Health Services

LINCOLN – An online survey about Nebraska’s behavioral health services is available through June 15 for patients, their families, professionals and the public to help provide the most effective and timely service, according to Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The survey closes June 15 at midnight Central Daylight Time and is available at Behavioral Health Needs Assessment. (If the link above does not work, copy the link below into your web browser: It is the result of a collaboration of DHHS’ Division of Behavioral Health and the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health.

“The input of concerned Nebraskans is essential to help shape the state’s behavioral health system,” Phillips said. “The results of this survey will be combined with other information gathered as part of a statewide behavioral health needs assessment, and used to plan and improve services provided to Nebraskans diagnosed with serious mental illness or substance use disorder.”

“In any of these roles you may fill, your voice is an important part of this effort to effectively assess behavioral health needs across the state,” added Sheri Dawson, director of the Division on Behavioral Health. “Please consider sharing your thoughts by completing our brief survey.”

The survey inquires about such topics as timely fulfillment of services, availability of specialized treatment such as that for substance use, and any populations (including older adults, the deaf, Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans) being underserved by the current system.

Responses to the needs assessment survey will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used to help assess and improve behavioral health services in Nebraska, noted Dawson.