Mental Health

General Information

Mental health services are provided on an individual, family, and/or group setting. A sampling of mental health problems that are treated may involve depression, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflict, anger control, bipolar disorder, trauma, and grief. Childhood disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, conduct and oppositional disorders, trauma, school and peer-related problems, and parent-child conflict are also treated in this program.

A thorough assessment is completed at the first session. During this time general background information is gathered by the therapist in order to adequately identify and treat the presenting problem. In addition, the treatment goals are agreed upon between the client and therapist. In subsequent sessions, time is spent on developing a better understanding of the contributing issues to the behavioral health concerns and effective coping skills and recovery-based solutions are implemented

Description of Services Available

Outpatient Treatment

This assessment and treatment program is provided for adult and children who come to the center for general mental health issues. Services are provided in the BVBH offices. Sessions are 60 minutes and usually occur every one to two weeks. As progress occurs, sessions become less frequent. Treatment groups and Psychological Evaluations are also available in this program.

Medication Management

Some mental health conditions respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. Our Medication Management program provides evaluation and prescription services for our client's medication needs. Follow up appointments to monitor medication effects are scheduled at the recommendation of the provider. Our licensed staff may include psychiatrists (MD) and mid-level practitioners (APRN). Appointments for the initial medication evaluation are made through self or family referral, referral by a therapist or other provider.

Youth Assistance Program (YAP)

The YAP is a school-based (K-12) intervention service that is coordinated with a school SCIP Team (or similar entity). This school team is able to help identify children who may be experiencing difficulties related to behavioral health issues. With parental consent, the child may be referred to the YAP counselor who will then meet with the child and family members to process the current concerns. An intervention may lead to the resolution of the identified concerns or may result in a referral to other services. The YAP is offered in several school systems.

Strong Ties Family Support Group (Lincoln Office)

Strong Ties is a free support group for spouses, siblings, children (age 18 and up), family members, friends and significant others who are involved with someone who is dealing with a mental illness. This group is an avenue to give/receive information and support from people who share similar circumstances. It’s a safe environment to ask questions about how to best help the person you care about during different phases of his/her mental illness. Strong Ties will be led by the different staff of Blue Valley Behavioral Health who have expertise in providing treatment and other mental health services. Various materials and other resources to enhance learning opportunities will be available.

Strong Ties will be provided every Wednesday from 6-7: 30 pm at the Lincoln office, 3901 Normal Blvd. Suite 201. Please contact the BVBH Lincoln office at 402-261-4017 for further information.

Community Support

This adult program (19 and older) offers case management services to adult clients who have a severe and persistent mental illness. The purpose of the program is to assist clients to improve individual functional within their residence and community. Goals include helping clients maximize their independent living and decreasing frequency and duration of psychiatric (re) hospitalization. Interventions focus on activities of daily living, education, budgeting, medication compliance, relapse prevention and social skills. Clients may be involved in the outpatient mental health program and medication management program in conjunction with Community Support. Contact with the client may occur weekly up to monthly depending on individual need. Services are typically provided in the client's environment.

Consultation Services

Consultation services make available the behavioral healthcare expertise of BVBH. Professional assistance is given to agencies and/or individual providers who have questions or concerns about their clients' behavioral functioning.

Telehealth Services

Blue Valley Behavioral Health (BVBH) is one of the leading behavioral health telehealth providers in Nebraska. Telehealth is when treatments services are provided over the internet (meeting Federally approved internet confidentiality and security standards) and the provider and client are in two different office sites. Both are able to see and communicate with each other over a monitor/screen and the session proceeds as if they were in the same room with one another. BVBH has been able to integrate telehealth with several of their outpatient services (Mental Health/Substance Abuse Therapy, Substance Abuse Evaluations, and Medication Management) and can be provided in any of their 12 offices locations in Southeast Nebraska. Adults and children along with individuals and families can use telehealth in an effective way. BVBH applies certain tested procedures to ensure the telehealth experience is successful for both the client and provider. It has been through the use of this progressive and effective use of telecommunication that people are able to access treatment services faster, have less time to wait for their initial and ongoing appointments and attain services that may have once been unavailable to them. Each BVBH office is set up for the use of telehealth and is provided on regular basis. Please contact your local office for further information.