Region 3 Behavioral Health Services
The Mission of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services (Region 3) is to foster recovery and resiliency for individuals and their families who experience a behavioral health challenge. Region 3 is one of the six Regional Behavioral Health Authorities in Nebraska responsible for the planning, developing, coordinating, funding, and monitoring the provision of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, rehabilitation, recovery, and prevention services across central and southcentral Nebraska including the counties of Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Sherman, Valley, Webster, and Wheeler. Region 3 is a political subdivision of the state of Nebraska and is governed by elected officials, county commissioners or supervisors, from each of the counties we serve. Region 3 covers the “tri-cities” of Kearney, Grand Island and Hastings and the numerous rural communities throughout our geographic service area that covers nearly 15,000 square miles with a population of approximately 223,000.
Region 3 (1) manages a network of behavioral health providers; (2) through contracts ensures the provision of mental health and substance use disorder treatment, rehabilitation, recovery, and prevention services for the residents of Central Nebraska; (3) facilitates system coordination efforts to assure that the behavioral health system works in a coordinated and integrated manner including the emergency psychiatric system, prevention system, youth service system, consumer and family inclusion, housing assistance, and network management; (4) coordinates suicide prevention activities; (5) provides care coordination and Wraparound support for children, adolescents and transition age youth/young adults with serious emotional disorders and their families; (6) provides follow-up, continuity of care, and coordination of services for adults who experience a psychiatric crisis; (7) rental assistance for individuals who have an extremely low income and experience a mental illness and/or substance use disorder; and (8) coordinates training activities for the behavioral health workforce, community stakeholders and system partners.