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Additional funding for BHECN ARPA Projects

Additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will not be allocated to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska’s ARPA Awards Program. The Nebraska Legislature and Gov. Jim Pillen agreed this funding should support state infrastructure improvement efforts. However, our program has a surplus of administrative and operating expenses we are redirecting to our current […]

Apr 18, 2024

Recapping the Feb. 7 virtual networking event

This session was a great success, with nearly 50 organizational representatives in attendance. The forum featured a presentation from BHECN Deputy Director, Erin Schneider, EdD, MSW, who provided updates about behavioral health measures and initiatives being discussed in the Nebraska Legislature. Networking breakout sessions were arranged by BHECN ARPA Award Program category type. We heard […]

Feb 14, 2024

BHECN-ARPA program featured in recent podcasts

In the premiere episode of the second season of his “Health Care Heart to Heart” podcast, UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold talked with BHECN Director Marley Doyle, MD, about BHECN’s efforts to grow the state’s behavioral health workforce. As part of the conversation, Drs. Gold and Doyle discuss the BHECN-ARPA Program and its potential impact […]

Feb 1, 2024

Awardee Performance Reports due Jan. 31

As a reminder, ARPA Awardee performance reports are due Jan. 31. Download a report form here. Contact BHECN ARPA Awards Director Jessie Buche, MPH, MA, at jbuche@unmc.edu or BHECN ARPA Awards Project Coordinator Caitlyn Wayment, MPH, at cwayment@unmc.edu if you have questions or need more information about the form. 

Jan 10, 2024

Register today for Feb. 7 BHECN ARPA Awardee Virtual Networking Event!

BHECN-ARPA Awardees are invited to attend the second session of the BHECN ARPA Awardee Virtual Networking Series, which will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CT. This session will feature a presentation about the ARPA program’s progress from Jessie Buche, Director of the BHECN ARPA Awards Program. BHECN Deputy Director […]

Dec 21, 2023

First ARPA newsletter released!

We recently released our first ARPA newsletter, which you can read here! You can subscribe to the newsletter here. Our goal with the BHECN-ARPA Newsletter is to highlight the amazing work our awardees accomplish to improve the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska. We also want to create a forum for awardees to share important information […]

Dec 8, 2023

Policy forum shows ARPA dollars already having an impact on behavioral health in Nebraska

The recent Nebraska Behavioral Health Policy Forum showed the $25.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars BHECN was charged with disseminating are having an impact but that even with the funding, major challenges exist in addressing the state’s workforce shortage. An example of the impact was presented by Jon Barnes of Northeast Community College […]

Dec 4, 2023

BHECN-ARPA Newsletter coming soon! Subscribe today!

We are excited to announce we will soon launch a newsletter about the BHECN-ARPA program! The newsletter will feature profiles about BHECN-ARPA programs, highlight media items that are focused on BHECN-ARPA awardees, and will be a place where awardees can share information about job and supervision opportunities. Our first edition will be published soon! Subscribe […]

Nov 16, 2023

Access materials from the recent ARPA virtual networking event

Download a slide deck with an overview and other materials from the Oct. 19 BHECN-ARPA Virtual Networking event. Keep an eye out for an announcement regarding the next virtual networking event!

Oct 26, 2023

BHECN ARPA Award weekly office hours announced

The BHECN-ARPA Team will hold office hours on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. CT for all ARPA awardees. ARPA Awards Project Coordinator Caitlyn Wayment and ARPA Financial Analyst Ben Verdoorn will be available to answer questions, discuss project needs, review invoices or reports, and support ARPA awardees as needed. Please note, office hours will […]

Oct 24, 2023