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August 8, 2018

Julie Naughton, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-1695;
Brenda Moes Joins DHHS as Administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs
Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Behavioral Health has named Brenda Moes as administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), which ensures that consumers have a voice in service planning and delivery at DBH.
“Brenda is a strong advocate and brings a commitment to helping others. She brings great life and work experience promoting wellness, connecting people to community services, and coordinating consumer and community efforts. I know she will be a leader for normalizing the healthcare conversations about mental health and substance use disorders,” said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at DHHS, adding that Moes brings both professional and personal lived experience to her new role. Moes started work at DHHS on July 16.
The Office of Consumer Affairs works to encourage and facilitate the involvement of consumers in all aspects of service planning and delivery within the Nebraska’s Division of Behavioral Health. 
In her role at DHHS, Moes will also oversee the OCA Peoples Council, a group appointed by Dawson that utilizes personal lived experience to identify and advocate for an integrated recovery-oriented behavioral health system that supports adults, children and their families. She will also help coordinate consumer groups for DBH. As well,  Moes will oversee the statewide behavioral health conference, and the Nebraska Peer Support and Wellness Specialist certification program.
Moes comes to DHHS from Bryan Health and worked as a community outreach liaison and counselor, providing education, treatment, support and case management to families and youth in need. Moes is also provisionally licensed as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor and she facilitates numerous support groups in the community for families and friends of loved ones with a substance use disorder, including the first PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) support group in Nebraska and the first grief support group in Lincoln for people who have lost a loved one as a result of substance use.