March 17, 2008
Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287
Vicki Maca Appointed as Administrator of DHHS Community-Based Behavioral Health Services
Lincoln – Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health, is announcing appointment of Vicki Maca as the administrator for the Community-Based Services Section, effective today. The Division is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
"I believe that Vicki’s experience with big systems and skills as a supervisor make her uniquely qualified to take the lead in community-based behavioral health efforts," said Adams. "She will be instrumental as we move forward and complete reform of Nebraska’s behavioral health system, and she will continue to be very involved in children’s behavioral health."
Maca has served as interim administrator of the Community-Based Services Section in the Division since January and as administrator of the Children’s Behavioral Health Section since October 2007. Adams will now hire a Children’s Behavioral Health Program Manager, who will report to Maca.
"I’m very excited about this opportunity to work with the key players for the entire continuum of behavioral health services," Maca said. "Integrating children’s behavioral health services into the Division is one of Governor Heineman’s top priorities for DHHS and will continue to be a major focus for me and our state."
Maca was a DHHS Protection and Safety administrator at Project Harmony in Omaha from May, 2005 to October, 2007. Project Harmony protects children by providing community-based, comprehensive and coordinated child abuse assessments and investigations in a centralized location.
Other work experience included serving as clinical director of behavioral health services at Catholic Charities in Omaha from March 2004 to May 2005; program director of addiction recovery services at Catholic Charities’ Omaha Campus of Hope from July 1999 to March 2005; and director of Family Connections, Inc. from April 1996 to July 1999.
Maca has a bachelor's of social work degree from Creighton University and a master's of social work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.