Nebraska Unveils Community-Based Web Sites for People with Mental Illness, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families and Service Providers

March 18, 2009
Network of Care

LINCOLN, Neb. The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness.

The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health (http://nebraska.networkofcare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.

To empower mental health clients and providers, the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health helps people find the right service at the right time, educate themselves about their issues, find assistive devices, understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and help them manage their affairs, interactions, and important records.

The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides comprehensive Service Directories for six regions, including more than 600 service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.

To increase accessibility and accommodate the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health's users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health also is available in multiple languages.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing the Nebraska Network of Care for Behavioral Health's communication tools such as message boards and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services; the Network of Care for Public Health and the Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members.

Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 22 states via the Network of Care. For more information