Consumers

Consumer Affairs

Hello, and welcome to our Consumer Affairs page! At Region 6, we know that consumers are the most important people in our behavioral health system, and we are always looking for ways to make services more effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of our consumers and community.

Through this area of our website we hope to create something unique. We want to create a space, made especially for behavioral health consumers and family members, which is focused on education, recovery, and, most importantly, engagement. The content here is not intended to be treated as advice – we just want to offer a place for people living with behavioral health challenges to feel welcome to learn, share, and participate in the system serving them.

In other words, we hope that this page can be a starting point for the development of a stronger, more interconnected community of consumers within our service area. As our community grows, so will opportunities for advocacy, participation, and recovery.

This is a new process for us and it will take some time to reach its full potential, so please be patient. (The page is still under development.) But do not hesitate to let us know what you would like to see. Please take time to explore what we have already created and keep checking in with us as we post new content on a regular basis.

As always, if you have a question about our behavioral health system, or would like to provide input related to behavioral health services in Cass, Douglas, Dodge, Sarpy, or Washington counties, you can reach our Manager of Consumer Affairs via email at consumeraffairs@regionsix.com.

Jonathan Koley, CPSWS

Manager of Consumer Affairs

We are proud to announce
the 2017 Sprout Conference

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Sprout will be a single-day conference held Saturday, May 27, at the Milo Bail Student  Center on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus.

Doors will open at 10:00 AM and we will wrap up for the day around 5:00 PM.

Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Sprout is an educational, fun event focused on building community and wellness for people living with a behavioral health diagnosis. We will have a variety of workshops and interactive activities. Workshop topics include community building, alternative self-care, mental health and the law, and LGBTQ mental health.

Peter Ashenden, Director of Consumer and Family Affairs at Optum, will be joining us to deliver a keynote presentation.

Behavioral health consumers and supporters are all welcome.

Best of all, Sprout is FREE! There are no scholarship applications to fill out or fees to be paid. Just register and show up! However, space is limited, and registration is required.

Registration can be completed through https://www.meetup.com/Omaha-Wellness-and-Recovery-Community or by calling (402) 591-5000. If registering by phone, please leave a detailed message giving your first and last name including spelling.

For more information, check out the attached flyers or visit the Omaha Wellness and Recovery Community page.

Sprout 2017 Flyer

About the Consumer Community Development Project

The Region 6 Consumer Community Development Project is pleased to announce several upcoming FREE events!

We will be hosting a picnic at Elmwood Park in Omaha on Sunday, May 28th as well as monthly gatherings at local free events including Shakespeare on the Green, Movies at Turner Park, Jazz on the Green, and the Stinson Park Concert Series.

For more information, visit the Omaha Wellness and Recovery Community page on Meetup.com, or check out our flyers (see the links below).

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. To RSVP you can use the Omaha Wellness and Recovery Community page on www.meetup.com or call Amy W. at (402) 996-8193

And spread the word, behavioral health consumers and supporters are all welcome!

2017 PICNIC FLYER

FREE EVENTS FLYER_2017_SUMMER FUN

About the Consumer Community Development Project

WRAP Facilitator Training

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare will be hosting a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Training April 24 – 28, 2017. The training will be held in Omaha at The Stephen Center, 5217 S 28th Street. This WRAP Facilitator Training is offered at no cost to participants. For more information, see the attached application.

Please note: Completing this training qualifies participants to facilitate WRAP groups. It can also be used to meet the ongoing education requirement in lieu of a WRAP Refresher Training. Region 6 will not be holding a refresher training this year, so currently certified facilitators who need to renew their certification are encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to pass this information on to others you feel would be interested in attending.

WRAP Facilitator Training Application 2017

Contact:
Jonathan Koley, CPSWS
Manager of Consumer Affairs
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare
4715 S. 132nd St.
Omaha, NE 68137
(402) 591-5000
Fax: (402) 444-7722

jkoley@regionsix.com

2017 Statewide Behavioral Health Conference

Region 6 is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for the 2017 Statewide Behavioral Health Conference to consumers and family members in our service area. The conference presents a unique opportunity for consumers and family members to network and learn about valuable topics such as recovery tools and new programs.

The conference will take place at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, NE, from April 11 – April 13, 2017.

Conference scholarships cover costs for registration, hotel stay, and meals. Region 6 offers free transportation to-and-from the conference for scholarship recipients.

Applications are due by Febrary 27th at 5:00 PM

Scholarship Application

For more information about the conference, you can visit http://www.naadac.org/2017-NEBHC

Questions about scholarships can be directed to:

Jonathan Koley, CPSWS
Manager of Consumer Affairs
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare
4715 S. 132nd St.
Omaha, NE 68137
(402) 591-5000
Fax: (402) 444-7722

jkoley@regionsix.com

Articles, Consumer Stories, and More…

Here you will find articles about consumer issues, as well as stories and creative writing provided by local consumers. Enjoy!

 

Edited November 9, 2016

Why We are Not Recovered (Yet) – Part 1: We Can’t Quite Define It

Written by Jonathan Koley

We’ve been talking about recovery for years now, so where is it? This article begins a three-part series that will explore some of the unique challenges our behavioral health system faces as we try to refocus our efforts to support recovery for people living with behavioral health challenges.

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March 2, 2016

Thoughts from a Parent of a Suffering Child 

Written by Bob

This candid essay offers a look through the eyes of Bob K., whose experience as a father, consumer, and therapist lend a unique perspective of the behavioral health system.

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January 27, 2016

Consumer Affairs and Consumer Perspective

Written by Jonathan Koley

A short introduction to the Manager of Consumer Affairs here at Region 6, and a request for your input. We need to hear from you, the consumers and families we serve, so that we can carry out our mission to organize and provide an effective and efficient system of quality behavioral health services.

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December 8, 2015

What is a Consumer?

Written by Jonathan Koley

Are you unsure what it means to be a “consumer”? Do you question if this term applies to you? Read through this article to understand how and why we use this term.

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December 8, 2015

A Brief Biography

Written by John Friday, CPSWS

Check out this article from John Friday. In it, John recounts some of the journey that led him through difficult experiences, into recovery, and beyond. Today, John is a Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist employed at Friendship Program, using his life experiences to support others with behavioral health challenges.

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