Posted 2 years ago

By Corey Sorenson

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The Nebraska Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority is holding number of input sessions this Friday, Nov 15, in Chadron, Sidney, and Scottsbluff as part of developing a strategic plan for providing a comprehensive array of services to children and youth facing serious behavioral health challenges.

Region 1 Administrator Laura Richards says the sessions will be at the Panhandle Mental Health Center in Scottsbluff, the PMHC office in Sidney,  and the Prairie Pines Lodge conference room in Chadron.

Focus Group forums will be held for providers, educators, community leaders, juvenile justice, and law enforcement from 10:30-noon and noon-1:30, followed by family and youth sessions from 4-5:30 and 6-7:30.

Richards says the family and youth sessions may be the most important because “what families and children say about behavioral health and other services available to them is important to the Region and to service providers and planners.”

Those sessions will be face-to-face in Scottsbluff and by teleconferencing in Chadron and Sidney. Richards says it’s very important that they hear from youth and their families as part of this process because with their input, the strengths, gaps, and priorities for improvement can be identified

Any system partner or interested community stakeholder is welcome to attend. Contact Alma Holmes for more information.