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November 22, 2010                        

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402-471-4047) or

DHHS Seeks Additional Input on Behavioral Health Plan

Lincoln—Now’s a good time to let the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services know what you think should be included in the strategic plan for Nebraska’s public behavioral health system. Behavioral health includes mental health, substance abuse and problem gambling.

“We want additional input on the strategies in our plan to make sure that we are on the right track,” said Scot L. Adams, director of the Division of Behavioral Health. “We want to work toward a healthier Nebraska and behavioral health is essential to health.”

Hundreds of Nebraskans participated in the development of the plan’s initiatives for 2011 to 2015. Participants included consumers of behavioral health services.

According to the plan, collaboration between provider and consumer can empower consumers to make informed decisions about their own care.

“We believe in person-centered recovery, which means that consumers utilize their support networks to achieve wellness,” Adams said. “Support networks can include family, friends, psychotherapists, and support groups.”

This plan serves as a call to action to others in the system. Providers and consumers have responsibilities to ensure accessibility, quality, and effectiveness for a recovery-oriented system of care.

“Consumers need to know that prevention is possible, treatment works and recovery is within reach,” Adams said. “This plan will encourage sound behavioral health practices for all, to provide treatment when necessary and to celebrate recovery when it is achieved.”

The vision of the division is: The Nebraska public behavioral health system promotes wellness, recovery, resilience and self-determination in a coordinated, accessible consumer- and family-driven system.

A copy of the plan can be found on the DHHS website at   Comments will be accepted until December 10. You can submit comments on the plan on the website.