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June 14, 2010

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


Take Online Survey as Part of Behavioral Health Strategic Planning Process

Lincoln – Now’s a good time to tell the Division of Behavioral Health what you think should be included in the draft strategic plan for Nebraska’s behavioral health system.

“I’d like to encourage consumers, family members and providers to take our short, quick online survey,” said Scot Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. “We want to hear from as many people as possible. Your information will be combined with others and help guide the Division as it crafts a strategic plan to prioritize activities for 2011 through 2014.”

The online survey and ideas on other ways to participate in the strategic planning process can be found at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health.

“The plan will provide a framework to guide activities and priorities for the Division as a principal leader, a partner and a participant in the statewide behavioral health system,” Adams said. “It will include broad priorities for the entire behavioral health system, and the plan’s goals and objectives will help gauge progress toward meeting critical system priorities.”

Adams is leading the process with the help of a Joint Strategic Planning Committee that includes members from the Gambling Advisory Group, the Mental Health Advisory Group, the Substance Abuse Advisory Group, Regional Behavioral Health Authorities and the Division of Behavioral Health.

In addition, three national experts are providing critical expertise, especially in how health care reform relates to behavioral health services. They are: Shery Mead, Shery Mead Consulting; Monica E. Oss, CEO, Open Minds; and Thomas Kirk, Ph.D., Kirk Consulting.

The draft strategic plan will be available for review this fall. It builds on the vision developed by the Behavioral Health Oversight Commission, whose members were appointed by the Governor.

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