Healthy MINDS

Who We Are

 

Healthy MINDS started with the community asking Buffalo County Community Partners Board to develop new coalitions for early childhood behavioral health, suicide prevention and school mental health.

Buffalo County Community Partners contracted with Jesica Vickers, licensed mental health practitioner, to facilitate the work of HealthyMINDS. 

We are in the stage of recruiting volunteers to offer their strengths in regards to these issues in the community. 

How to Get Involved:

Fill out a Volunteer sheet on our volunteer page.  Once you fill out a document you will be emailed by one of our staff with meeting times. 

Contact Tana Miller, Behavioral Health Coordinator, at HealthyMINDS@bcchp.org or (308) 865-2278 for any questions regarding this group. 

Who we are & What we do

Summer of 2016, grant funders and other community stakeholders invited Buffalo County Community Partners Board to develop new coalitions for early childhood behavioral health, suicide prevention and school mental health. Community Partner’s Board asked key community stakeholders to join together as a behavioral health advisory board to review and report recommendations back to the board to meet these emerging community needs.

The behavioral health Advisory Board members include: Beth Baxter, Region 3 Behavioral Health Services; Carol Renner, Kearney Public School; Dr. Ken Shaffer, UniNet; Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, UNK; Michelle Hansen, CHI Health; Nikki Gausman, SAFE Center; Shawn Eatherton, Buffalo County Attorney; and Wendy Schardt, UNK.  After meeting, the Advisory Board recommended Community Partners develop a new collaborative to tackle the behavioral health issues.

History

Funding for the HealthyMINDS group has been awarded by CHI Mission and Ministry Grant Funds for Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health as well as funding from the Nebraska Children and Family Foundation to start a Rooted in Relationships coalition.

Community Partner substance abuse prevention coordinator, Tana Miller was promoted to the Behavioral Health Collaborative Coordinator, supporting the work of the HealthyMINDS Collaborative. Tana will be working with grant funders and community members to enhance behavioral health systems in the community.

Community Partners has also contracted with Jesica Vickers, licensed mental health practitioner, to facilitate the work of HealthyMINDS.  Jesica will assist in the development of community processes to launch the new HealthyMINDS Collaborative.  Vickers is the director, owner, and mental health practitioner at Center for Psychological Services.