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$12M Grant to Help Kids with Serious Emotional Problems

September 13, 2016
Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services was recently awarded a $12 million grant to support children with mental and emotional health needs. The grant was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the grant is to streamline access to mental health services so that Nebraskan families will no longer have to navigate complex, inefficient systems of care on their own. The writer of this article consulted the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health for statistics regarding the prevalence of mental and behavioral health disorders among children in Nebraska. According to data available at the DRC, over 37,000 children in Nebraska experience behavioral health disorders. The 2014 National Health Survey indicates that about 5 percent of children have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties that cause substantial impairment in functioning at home, at school, or in the community.