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University of Nebraska, Kearney

University of Nebraska, Kearney Purpose

The UNK-CSP Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program increases access to behavioral healthcare services and expands the behavioral healthcare workforce in rural areas of Nebraska. The Rural NE Behavioral Health Services program places graduate level counselors-in-training into rural Nebraska healthcare settings to provide services. These AmeriCorps members provide behavioral health and substance abuse screenings and treatment services in areas that are underserved and have a great need for behavioral healthcare. In addition to providing services, these members also use Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) processes to address the growing need for substance abuse awareness including Opioid abuse. At the end of the of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for assisting and providing 2,500 behavioral health and substance use screening, assessment, and treatment sessions for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families increasing access to care where it is needed most, Rural Nebraska.

Lead Agency-YWCA Adams County

University of Nebraska, Kearney

Service Sites

UNK Student Health and Counseling: Members at this site will provide counseling, screening, assessment and referrals to students and their families on campus. Members will also screen for substance use and provide educational programs on campus addressing mental health and substance use topics. Members will coordinate aftercare to students as they return home to their communities making an impact in all counties across the State.

Richard Young Hospital: Members at this site will provide screening, assessment, referral, counseling, and group counseling services to patients admitted to the hospital. Members will also screen and provide referrals for clients who struggle with mental health and substance use issues as they transition out of the hospital.


Contact for information or to volunteer
Christine Chasek
University of NE at Kearney
1615 West 24th St
Kearney, NE 68849