Lincoln, NE (December 1, 2016) — The Legislature’s Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force released a set of recommendations today following its examination of Nebraska’s behavioral health system’s adequacy to provide services to individuals.
The report contains 18 recommendations in the areas of sustainability, workforce development needs, high needs populations, community support, and specific needs populations.
“The recommendations of the Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force are aimed at reducing gaps in coverage, increasing availability of services in community based settings, and creating more preventative and cost-effective responses to mental and behavioral health needs,” said Senator Kate Bolz, chair of the Task Force.
The Task Force came to its recommendations following meetings with government agencies, behavioral health service providers, consumers of behavioral health services, rural advocates for behavioral health, advocates for those experiencing disabilities and representatives from hospitals. Additionally, a public hearing was held on June 28th.
The Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force was created by the legislature in the spring of 2016 by LR413. The resolution was introduced following a recommendation from the Legislative Performance Audit Committee that the legislature create ongoing oversight of the state’s behavioral and mental health system.
The Task Force includes the following members of the the Legislature:
Senator Kate Bolz, District #29, Chair
Senator Sara Howard, District #9, Vice-Chair
Senator Sue Crawford, District #45
Senator John McCollister, District 20
Senator Heath Mello, District 5
Senator Jim Scheer, District 19
Senator Les Seiler, District 33