Nebraska awarded the SAMHSA 2023 Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) for Workforce Development

News Release
For Immediate Release: 1/19/2023

Alycia Davis, (402) 471-1449,

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) was awarded The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2023 Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) for workforce development of crisis response team members. These funds will be used to formalize a workforce development plan (including a recommended training curriculum) and explore how the plan supports the implementation of crisis response team standards in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) will work with the University of Nebraska's Public Policy Center, the six Regional Behavioral Health Authorities across the state, various providers contracted for Mobile Crisis Response, Peer Support professionals, and individuals with lived experience (adults, parents, caregivers, and youth) for training development, planning, and implementation of the training.

They will begin by researching various existing crisis response team training and models nationwide. A team of stakeholders including members from Nebraska DHHS divisions, representatives from each of the six Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, crisis response providers, tribal members, and lived experience partners will convene virtually to review the research and compare it to the standards previously developed. This team will make recommendations about who/what entity could develop and deliver any new training curriculum, modality of training, and demonstratable skills to verify competence following the training.

“The TTI will allow us to provide a strong way to support mental health care in our state by designing and implementing consistent robust crisis-care curriculums and training across Nebraska," says Michelle Nunemaker, a System of Care Administrator who will serve as the Initiative Coordinator for this grant and currently serves as Nebraska's 988 Planner. “This workforce development plan will provide the opportunity to serve Nebraskans across the state through community crisis mental health workforce standards for the next generation."

This grant will provide recommendations for best practices and processes while ensuring that training materials are available to all of the crisis response teams across the state for convenient and cost-effective delivery. The outcome will include a plan for the development, implementation, and sustainability of crisis response team training. This completed curriculum could be applicable to other crisis service providers, walk-in/urgent care centers, or crisis stabilization units.

Need to talk or get immediate help in a crisis? Help is available. If you or a loved one need assistance, please reach out to:

  • The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline; call, text, or chat 988
  • Your faith-based leader, your healthcare professional, or your student health center on campus.
  • Nebraska Family Helpline – Any question, any time. (888) 866-8660
  • Rural Response Hotline, (800) 464-0258
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (oprime dos para Español) or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)v

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