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

Jonathan Koley, CPSWS

Manager of Consumer Affairs

Articles, Consumer Stories, and More…

Here you will find articles about consumer issues and stories told by consumers living in our area. We are starting small, but will be adding more content each month, so keep coming back!

March 2, 2016

The Value of a Consumer Viewpoint in Mental Health Services

Written by Bob


January 27, 2016

Consumer Affairs and Consumer Perspective

Written by Jonathan Koley


December 8, 2015

What is a Consumer?

Written by Jonathan Koley


December 8, 2015

A Brief Biography

Written by John Friday


Behavioral Health Conference

The time for this year’s Statewide Behavioral Health Conference is almost here. The event will be taking place from May 31st – June 2nd at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. As in the past, Region 6 will be supporting consumer participation in the conference by providing funding for a number of scholarships. The due date for these scholarship applications is April 15, 2016. We do expect that to have more applications than scholarships this year, so we will not be taking late entries.


Any questions can be directed the Manager of Consumer Affairs, Jonathan Koley, at or (402) 591-5000

Save the Date

Scholarship Application 2016

Peer Support and Wellness Specialist Skills Training

We are happy to announce that Region 6 will be sponsoring a Peer Support and Wellness Specialist Skills Training starting this June! The training will take place each Friday between June 10 and July 8, 2016.

Peer support training is a powerful opportunity for people to expand and enhance their own recovery journeys  while learning skills that will enable them to bring recovery and hope to others as well. For more information, please see the application by clicking on the link below.

Region 6 Peer Support  and Wellness Specialist Skill Training Application

Why We Are Not Recovered (Yet)

Part 1: Why Can’t We Quite Define It

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.