Behavioral Health Regions


Our role – the WHAT and WHY of BHECN

Announcing BHECN Kearney

As part of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska’s strategy to grow Nebraska’s rural behavioral health workforce, we are proud to announce the launch of our presence at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. More...


Behavioral Health Mentorship Dinner

This year’s event, held at Joslyn Castle, gathered students and mentors from a range of behavioral health disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, and nursing and included students and faculty from both UNMC and Creighton University. More...


Next to Normal

The Omaha Community Playhouse presented the musical Next to Normal earlier this year. The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Next to Normal is a deeply moving rock musical and raw account of a family dealing with mental illness, tragedy and the realities of modern society.
We asked several friends of BHECN to share their reflections on Next to Normal and share how the story mirrors some of the real life struggles they have faced in dealing with mental illness in their families. Read more…

2012-2013 Legislative Report documents BHECN's progress

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BHECN program featured in NIMH Partner Spotlight

The Fall 2013 edition of NIMH’s e-newsletter, Outreach Connection, featured BHECN’s Ambassador Program in its Partner Spotlight section. The program introduces rural Nebraska high school and college students to behavioral health careers. See item.

Mental health care needs fall short

In an ideal world, a primary care physician would refer patients to mental health providers, and then the two would confer back and forth regarding the patient’s care.


Screened Out

Youth health experts encourage parents to keep an eye on children’s media usage, online habits


F.A.R.M. C.A.M.P. 2013

Dr_Cate_InspirerFARM CAMP (Frontier Area Rural Mental-health Camp And Mentorship Program) developed by Western Nebraska Behavioral Health, sponsored by BHECN, led by Dr. Catherine Jones-Hazledine.

Inspiring rural youth to consider behavioral health careers

Open Door

A personal story of mental health & recovery

Local artist and thespian, Bob Donlan, shares his “experimental performance piece” in this 20 minute video.
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Fall 2013 Nebraska Beacon Newsletter


Summer 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2013 Newsletter



Howard Liu, M.D.
Medical Director

Brent Khan, Ed.D.
Associate Director

Joe Evans, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Director

Keith Anderson, M.S.
Data Analyst

Robin Bayless
Office Associate

Kay Glidden
BHECN Kearney Project Director

Heidi Keeler, RN, PhD
Director of Educational Design

Ann Kraft
Ambassador Program Coordinator

Jill Westfall, M.P.A.
Communications Coordinator

Amy Williams, J.D.
Education Coordinator

Teens Finding Hope
BHECN Ambassador Program

Rural Nebraska Students Consider Careers in Behavioral Health

BHECN High School Ambassador

On April 12-13, 2013, the BHECN High School Ambassador Conference in Kearney drew 29 statewide students.
Photo report from Hemingford High.

College_Ambassador          BHECN College Ambassador  

BHECN hosted the fourth annual College Ambassador Conference in May 2013.

All about Ambassador Program

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
What's Your ACE Score? 

BHECN Calendar

Adolescent Depression
Adol Depr

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