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Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. School-Based Intervention

Charles Drew Health Center

Charles Drew Health Center’s (CDHC) Behavioral Health Program provides much needed school-based therapy via the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back evidence-based programs. CBITS is a skills-based, group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to trauma. Similarly, Bounce Back is a school-based group intervention for elementary students exposed to stressful and traumatic events. It includes 10 group sessions, 1-3 group parent sessions, and 2-3 individual student sessions.

Child and Adolescent Therapy

Child Saving Institute, Inc.

Child Saving Institute’s (CSI) Therapy program specializes in trauma informed and attachment focused therapy services for underserved populations, specifically those involved in the Child Welfare system and those living in poverty. CSI therapists have specialized training to serve young children and their families. Early intervention has been shown to prevent more severe mental health problems in the future.  CSI recognizes the need and value of providing mental health services to this population and is committed to reducing the barriers that prevent them from accessing mental health services.

Peer Support Shelter Initiative

Community Alliance Rehabilitation Services

Community Alliance and the five area shelters in Omaha and Council Bluffs have collaborated on the Peer Support pilot program to establish a peer support presence in the shelter environment. Their purpose is to reduce the number of crisis experienced by individuals and increase the individual’s engagement in recovery oriented activities. What is unique is utilizing this model in an emergency shelter environment. Peer Support Specialists identify and work from the perspective of their lived experience with mental health, substance use challenges, trauma, and their own personal recovery and wellness journeys to assist in educating others about the opportunities that are available to them, opening doors and making connections to resources that will allow them to take positive actions toward their own recovery. Peer Specialists spend time with individuals who are showing signs of mental illness, anxiety and self identifying crisis. This approach provides for early intervention thereby preventing the rise of the crisis to a level that results in a hospitalization or a discharge from the shelter due to these behaviors.

Mental Health Services

Completely KIDS

Completely KIDS provides evidence-based individual, group, and Strengthening Families programming for approximately 300 children and families each year. Youth have the opportunity to learn yoga and relaxation techniques (self-regulation skills), as well as participate in therapeutic groups since as Bounce Back/CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools), which are specifically designed to reduce PTSD and depression symptoms and psychosocial dysfunction in children who have experienced trauma. Completely KIDS mental health services are provided at the schools and community locations in which they provide after school programming and at no cost.

Professional Counseling – Behavioral Health

Heartland Family Service

The purpose of the Behavioral Health program is to improve the psychological, emotional and social functioning of adults, children and families through an integrated and comprehensive system of professional therapeutic services. The program’s key activities are individual and group mental health psychotherapy sessions. Their licensed mental health professionals employ a range of techniques based on relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change to help clients improve their well-being. Their programs include outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential treatment services. Licensed and trained therapists build on client strengths so that individuals and families can meet their personal health goals. They provide support, education and guidance to people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, as well as their families.

Mental Health Care and Counseling

Jewish Federation of Omaha

Jewish Family Service (JFS), an agency of the Jewish Federation of Omaha (JFO), exists primarily to serve the Mental Health needs, financial needs and needs of their adult disabled populations. Jewish Family Service provides mental healthcare to individuals from all backgrounds on a sliding fee scale.

LFS Behavioral Health Programs

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska’s (LFS) Behavioral Health Services meet the critical basic need of mental wellness for all Omaha metropolitan adults, children and youth. LFS provides effective, trauma-focused, client-centered behavioral healthcare using innovative and specialized therapies. While behavioral health interventions are offered to all residents in need of care, this LFS program targets community members who are high-risk, who need intensive care, who are under- or uninsured, and who are experiencing poverty and other barriers to accessing services.

RSafe Therapies

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc.

The LFS RSafe program goal is to stop the cycle of sexual abuse by treating children and family members who have suffered child sexual abuse or children’s inappropriate sexual behaviors. The nationally-recognized RSafe (Reparation and Safety) program provides therapy and trauma treatment to clients including child victims of sexual abuse, protective parents and caregivers, siblings and children who display problematic sexual behaviors. RSafe offers diverse treatment services to these individuals and families, including individual, family and group therapy for all ages. LFS is the leader in the Omaha community addressing this population’s unique needs.

Integrated Health Care for Uninsured Adults

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.

The Integrated Health Care for Uninsured Adults program provides comprehensive health care for uninsured and low-income adults in South Omaha. This patient-centered program provides evidence-based systematic coordination of care characterized by high degrees of collaboration and communication between providers. Providers include physicians, physician’s assistants, clinical pharmacists, behavioral health therapists, medical assistants, nurse clinic managers and front desk staff. Through the program, uninsured adults living in or at risk of poverty receive primary medical care including routine check-ups; preventive screenings; diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases; and “warm handoffs” and subsequent treatment with behavioral health therapists for patients with co-occurring mental health disorders and with and medication management by clinical pharmacists for patients with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Community Counseling and Wellspring Program

The Salvation Army-NE

The Community Counseling Center/Wellspring (CCC/WS) programs focus on providing mental health services to persons often overlooked for treatment in the community. Both programs serve persons who are uninsured, homeless, and very low-income. Wellspring therapists focus on helping individuals who have been involved as sex workers – human trafficked victims, prostituted persons, strippers, pornography victims, and those who are at risk for this lifestyle. Many of Wellspring’s clients are living in poverty and were raised in generational poverty. Many were victims of violence as well as physical and sexual abuse. The individuals served are from homeless shelters, Douglas County Corrections, and the community. The Community Counseling Center is focused on helping those who are homeless and those extremely low-income individuals involved with other Salvation Army programs. This includes providing individual and group therapy as well as substance use assessments.

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