Division of Behavioral Health
Office of Consumer Affairs
Peoples Council
 

  
* Vacancies listed under membership
 
Mission:
The
Council will utilize personal lived experience to identify and advocate for an integrated recovery oriented behavioral health system which supports adults, children, and their families.
Vision:
All
Nebraskans impacted by behavioral health conditions will live a life that is of quality and will have access to effective services, supports, education, and resources to assist them in reaching their fullest potential.
 
Purpose:
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) People’s Council is chartered to provide state and regional leadership while utilizing personal lived experience to advocate for systems transformation as well as identify and advocate for a Recovery Oriented System of Care. The council is chartered to serve as the: (a) planning council of the Nebraska Office of Consumer Affairs, and (b) as a subcommittee of the State Advisory Council on Substance Abuse Services (§ 71-815) and the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services (§ 71-814).
 
Through the above mentioned functions, the Nebraska OCA People’s Council will provide recommendations to guide the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health, including the OCA, and related state agency partners on ways to best support adults, children, and their families in the journey of healing, recovery, resiliency, and personal transformation. The  Council will: (a) conduct regular meetings, (b) provide recommendations to guide the Division relating to the development, implementation, provision, and funding of behavioral health services, such as organized peer support, wellness, and recovery services, (c) promote the interests of consumers and their families, including, but not limited to, their inclusion and involvement in all aspects of services design, planning, implementation, provision, education, evaluation, and research, (d) provide reports as requested by the Division, and (e) engage in such other activities as directed or authorized by the Division.
 
Rationale:
Consumer involvement is a priority in all aspects of service planning and delivery (§ 71-803) and the Office of Consumer Affairs Council provides an avenue for key stakeholders with personal lived experience to support this priority. As the Nebraska Behavioral Health system continues to transform, it is necessary to implement formal and strategic system links with other key stakeholders in order to expand consumer involvement in service planning and delivery in Nebraska. 
 
Membership:
The OCA council consists of fourteen (14) members appointed by the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health.
Candidates shall seek appointment by formally applying to the DBH OCA Office. 
  • Six (6) Regional Representatives
  • Two (2) Caregiver/Family Representatives
  • Two (2) Transition Age Youth/Young Adult Representatives
  • One (1) Representative from a Managed Care Organization or Integrated Healthcare Organization
  • One (1) Representative of the Regional Center System
  • Two (2) Representatives at large (Adult, Youth, or Family/Caregiver- not represented in above membership).
 
Council Membership
 

NAME

Council

Chairman, Lisa Casullo

Managed Care Organization or Integrated Healthcare Organization

Occupied, Vice-Chairman

Regional Center System

Secretary, Jennifer Ihle

At Large

Mary Thunker

Caregiver/Family

Occupied At Large

Kimberly Strong

Region 1

Occupied Region 2
​Tammy Fiala Region 3​​
Occupied ​Region 5
Jonathan Koley Region 6​​
Vacant ​ Region 4
​Vacant ​Transition Age Youth/Young Adult
​Vacant ​Transition Age Youth/ Youth Adult
​Vacant Caregiver/Family

 

Meeting Dates and Places

March 15, 2012

​9:00 AM. to 3:00 PM

Meeting Minutes

Great Plains Art Museum
Schorr Presidential Suite
1155 Q Street, 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508
May 21, 2012​

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Meeting Minutes (Draft)

Cornhusker Hotel
Arbor II Room
333 S 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
​July 19, 2012

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM ​

Agenda

 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

Great Plains Art Museum
Schorr Presidential Suite
1155 Q Street, 6th Floor
Lincoln, NE 68508
​September 20, 2012

9:00 AM. to 3:00 PM.

Agenda

Meeting Minutes (Draft)

Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street #A
Lincoln, NE 68508
November 7, 2012

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Agenda

Meeting Minutes

​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street #A
Lincoln, NE 68508
​February 5, 2013

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM ​

Draft Agenda

Meeting Minutes

​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508

 

May 15, 2013

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM ​

Draft Agenda

Draft Meeting Minutes

Cornhusker Hotel
Olive Branch Room 
333 South 13th St
Lincoln NE 68508
​August 6, 2013

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Draft Agenda

Draft Minutes

​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508

September 19, 2013

Joint Meeting MH/SA/PC

​9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
 

Meeting Minutes & Attach. 

Country Inn and Suites
Lincoln Room
5353 No. 27th Street
Lincoln, NE  68521
​November 5, 2013

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​

Draft Agenda

 Cancelled due to lack of quorum

​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
​February 4, 2014

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​

Draft Agenda.pdf 

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
March 27, 2014

9:00 AM to 3:15 PM

Draft Agenda

Draft Meeting Minutes

​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
May 6, 2014​

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​

Draft Agenda

Draft Meeting Minutes

​​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
​August 5, 2014

​​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​

Draft Agenda

Draft Meeting Minutes

​​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
​November 4, 2014

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​​

Draft Agenda

Draft Meeting Minutes

​​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
​February 3, 2015

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​​

Draft Agenda

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
​​​​Region V
Front Meeting Room
1645 N Street
Lincoln NE 68508
​March 3, 2015

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​

Draft Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Room Lower Level D
State Office Building 301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln NE 68508
​May 5, 2015 Rescheduled to
June 9, 2015

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​​

Draft Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South,
Lower Level, Room B
Lincoln NE 68508
 
​August 4, 2015

​9:00 AM to 3:00 PM​​​​

CANCELLED

Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
Lower Level Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508

 

​November 3, 2015

​9:00 AM to 3:15 PM​​​​

Draft Agenda 

Meeting Minutes

Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall South 
5th Floor Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508  
​February 09, 2016
​9:30 AM to 3:15 PM​​​​
 
 

Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall South 
5th Floor Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508  

 

​May 12 2016
​​9:30 AM to 3:15 PM​​​​
 
Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall South 
5th Floor Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508  
August 02, 2016 ​​​9:30 AM to 3:15 PM​​​​
Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall South 
5th Floor Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508  
​November 01, 2016 ​​​9:30 AM to 3:15 PM​​​​
​Lincoln Community Foundation
215 Centennial Mall South 
5th Floor Conference Room
Lincoln NE 68508  

 

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