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May 7, 2009

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Behavioral Health Consumers, Families and Advocates Are Invited to Presentations About Network of Care

Lincoln - Paul Cumming is coming to Nebraska next week to talk about how Network of Care for Behavioral Health Web sites, available in 20 states including Nebraska, have been his recovery and advocacy tool. He will also walk participants through Nebraska’s new, easy-to-use site. Cumming is the National Outreach and Training Manager for Network of Care for Trilogy Integrated Resources.

“We want consumers and families to come hear this dynamic speaker talk about this revolutionary new Web-based approach to self-directed care and the positive impact Network of Care can have on their lives,” said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The following presentations are scheduled. It’s not necessary to register in advance.

Monday, May 11, Lincoln: 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 1507, State Capitol
Monday, May 11, Omaha: 1:00-2:30 p.m., Region 6 Conference Room, 3801 Harney
Tuesday, May 12, Norfolk: 9:00-10:30 a.m., Liberty Centre, 900 E Norfolk Ave
Tuesday, May 12, Grand Island: 2:00-3:30 p.m., Home Federal Bank Southwest, Home Room, 3311 West Stolley Park Road
Wednesday, May 13 North Platte: 9:00-10:30 a.m., Heartland Counseling, 110 N. Bailey
Wednesday, May 13 Scottsbluff: 3:00-4:30 p.m., Panhandle Mental Health Center, 4110 Avenue D

DHHS launched the Network of Care Web site in March. It can be accessed at www. dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health/Pages/networkofcare_index.aspx

The President’s New Freedom Commission urged increased use of technology to help consumers take charge of their lives. Network of Care is a comprehensive and easy-to-use on-line resource for people with mental illness, substance abuse and gambling disorders, their caregivers and community service providers.

Adams said this new resource empowers behavioral health consumers by putting more information at their fingertips. Consumers can:

  • L earn more about behavioral health issues with a library of 40,000 articles on 4,000 topics;
  • Research all services available in their area and locate those services by accessing a database of local services;
  • Develop a personal medical record, parts of which they may choose to share with family members and professionals;
  • Create a relapse and discharge plan;
  • Develop their own Wellness and Recovery Action Plan or WRAP;
  • Conduct searches on a wide variety of variables including, age, language, diagnosis; and
  • Access an on-line discussion forum. Local community calendars of events and trainings will be available in the near future.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health for the Division of Behavioral Health in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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