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More than 600 treated by Nebraska mental health initiative

May 30, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More than 600 Nebraska youths have received treatment through a new state initiative designed to help those who struggle with emotional and mental-health problems.

Organizers of the program marked its first year Tuesday at a Capitol ceremony with Gov. Pete Ricketts. The event also coincided with Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Behavioral Health System of Care offers a variety of community-based services for youths. It was created to allow earlier intervention for at-risk youths, increase school attendance and serve more youths in their homes.

It's funded by a four-year, $12 million grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The state's Division of Behavioral Health organizes the coalition that includes private groups and public agencies. Ricketts says it's already having a positive impact.

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