Nebraska officials are asking local youth, family and community providers to complete a survey examining serious behavioral health challenges affecting children and teenagers in the state.
Survey results will be used to aid the Department of Health and Human Services in creating a plan to provide services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
"We want to strengthen the collaboration of
state and local efforts to weave mental health supports and services into
seamless systems of care for children and youth with mental health needs and
their families," said Scot L. Adams, director of the NDHHS Division of Behavioral
The survey includes questions about the accessibility of services, family involvement and system strengths and weaknesses.
The department was awarded just over a half million dollars in grant money from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to plan for an expansion of the system-of-care for these youth.