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May 28, 2008

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


Maya Chilese Appointed as Children’s Behavioral Health Manager in DHHS

Lincoln Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health, has announced appointment of Maya T. Chilese as the manager for Children’s Behavioral Health, starting on June 4. The Division of Behavioral Health is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

"Integrating children’s behavioral health services into the Division is one of Governor Heineman’s top priorities for DHHS," Adams said. "We are fortunate to have someone with Maya’s leadership skills and experience with youth to take on these new responsibilities."

Chilese’s background includes developing youth programming within community coalitions, direct service provision with children, youth and families in both prevention and treatment of behavioral health services.

"I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work towards moving the strategies outlined in the Children’s Behavioral Health Plan forward," Chilese said.

She has served as a therapist and family advocate for the Young Family’s Program at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, is currently the Area Coordinator for Nebraska Faith Partners Network and Program Developer for The Odds Are, a youth gambling prevention project of Lancaster Human Services. Previous experience includes serving as Director of Project Development at Choices Treatment Center in Lincoln and in a variety of capacities in youth serving agencies over the years.

Chilese has a bachelor’s of sociology degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a master’s degree of counseling from Doane College in Lincoln. She is also a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor and a graduate of the Leadership Institute, Addiction Technology Transfer Center/Graduate School, USDA.

Chilese will be supervised by Vicki Maca, Community Services Administrator in the Division of Behavioral Health.