COPE is a state-wide, grant-funded program offering support to pediatric primary care providers. COPE addressing addresses critical gaps in access to pediatric mental health care by bridging the continuum of care between primary care providers and behavioral health professionals. COPE provides education and resources so primary care providers can more comfortably identify, treat and manage pediatric mental health conditions seen every day in their practices.
To access training opportunities, resources and to connect with the COPE team.
Provider Access Phone Line: 402-955-COPE(2673)
Email: [email protected]
1 in 5 U.S. children report experiencing a mental health condition each year
24% increase in mental health-related emergency room visits among 5- to 11-year-olds
Nebraska exceeds national trends for number of suicide deaths in 15- to 19-year-olds
One-third of Nebraska counties lack a behavioral health provider
COPE offers services for pediatric primary care providers in Nebraska.
18-hours of intensive training for primary care providers in the screening, treatment and management of mental health conditions in children and adolescents.
Upon completion of Intensive Training, provers will participate in 12 hours of collaborative learning opportunities with cohort participants to the support continued learning in problem-solving, case treatment and more.
Core Learning Opportunities
Short, one- to two-hour trainings are available for pediatric primary care providers and their clinic staff. Core learning opportunities are designed for small groups and can be completed in-person or virtually. Participants of core learning opportunities are not required to complete intensive training.
Referral & Linkage Services
Access to Mental Health Navigators who support families as they navigate services and resources in the state. Mental Health Navigators assist providers and patients in identifying appropriate resources among the continuum of care, including behavioral health care, housing, food insecurity, and other social determinants of health. Mental Health Navigators will assist in collecting information, paperwork, consent and communicate with the patient, family and providers on the next steps.
Primary Care Providers have access to a child and adolescent psychiatrist as needed with questions about the screening, treatment and management of a child or adolescent with a mental health condition. Questions will be addressed within 24 hours.
This project is supported by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 funding for State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and is being administered by the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) by way of an award totaling $1.8 Million. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, BHECN, UNMC, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit BHECN’S ARPA website.