Beth Baxter: Region 3 Behavioral Health Services
Carol Renner: Kearney Public Schools
Dr.Ken Shaffer: UniNet
Kathleen Cranely Gallagher: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Michelle Hansen: CHI Health Good Samaritan
Nikki Gausman: SAFE Center
Shawn Eatherton: Buffalo County Attorney
Wendy Schardt: University of Nebraska at Kearney
What are we trying to do?
What are our goals?
- To coordinate behavioral health systems to better serve youth and families in Buffalo County.
- HealthyMINDS collaborative has an advisory board who creates objectives and oversees the work of the coalitions.
- The HealthyMINDS collaborative oversees the coalitions of Early Childhood Social Emotional Development, School Mental Health, Juvenal Justice, Violence Prevention and Suicide Prevention.
How long have we been doing this?
The Second Step social emotional curriculum helps students strengthen their skills in the areas of emotion management, friendship, empathy, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention. These numbers show how the Second Step program impacted children in the 2015-2016 school year. By strengthening these life skills, the HealthyMINDS collaborative hopes to help children grow up in a peaceful, safe environment where they can flourish personally, work constructively with others, and reach their greatest potential.
Rooted In Relationships
This initiative partners with communities to implement evidence-based practices that enhance the social-emotional development of children, birth through age 8. Their scope of work includes:
- Community Work: Approximately 60 stakeholders connected with additional local partners to develop a long-range plan to support the social-emotional development of young children.
- Pyramid Model Implementation: Community Partners has recently hired 4 coaches to train 14 providers from both in-home and center-based early care and education settings in promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral competence of young children.
- Selection of a Systems Priority: After a year of planning, the Buffalo County Rooted in Relationships team is working to create public awareness for social emotional development for ages 0-8 in all Buffalo County Communities
Our mission is promoting mental wellness in Buffalo County by offering hope and healing, reducing mental health stigma, and connection education and resources for mental health and suicide prevention. The goal of the Suicide Prevention coalition is to address unhealthy responses to life stressors. Reduce suicide in Buffalo County to 0; Reduce the number of self-reported suicide attempts to below the state average for ages 18 and under; See a consistent annual decrease in the number of hospitalizations resulting from suicide attempts for ages 19 and over.
Our mission is to prevent violence in Buffalo County through community involvement. Our Vision is to focus on building hope for our future, emphasizing no more violence.
- Decrease percent of 9-12th graders reporting being bullied and electronically bullied.
- Reduce suicide attempts in Buffalo County.
- Reduce percent of 9-12th grade females reporting forces sexual activity.
- Decrease number of Buffalo County Sexual Assaults (middle/high) and over 18 years.
- Reduce number/percent of UNK Title 9 Reports of Assaults.
- Decrease percent of 9-12th grade youth reporting physical fights (jr/high school) and young adults.
The Violence Prevention group is working to create healthy relationships for all adolescents and young adults. They are currently working with UNK Women’s Center and SAFE Center to expand their current violence prevention programs, Women’s Center Men Engagement program and “Be More” Awareness Campaign, to shift cultural norms and to foster an attitude of respect for girls and women.
The HealthyMINDS collaborative is working to support the work of the Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Community Plan and the Youth Services Team to prevent youth entering the system starting and how to give youth every opportunity to leave the juvenile justice system. The four priority areas of the Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Community Plan are:
- Increase youth and family engagement in school
- Effectively utilize and expand a continuum of alternatives and supports for youth in crisis
- identify appropriate behavioral health and substance abuse prevention programs and services for youth in Buffalo County
- Improve system operation and coordination
School Mental Health
Two School Behavioral Health Coaches were piloted in two Buffalo County elementary schools in 2017-2018 school year to provide teachers the tools they need to support children with problem behaviors and create a healthier learning environment. They are working with the school team to reinforce positive behaviors and lower disruptive behaviors to give students more success in school and at home. They are currently looking at evidence-base models d looking to spend more.
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