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

Sprout 2018 is almost here! Time to get registered!

The Sprout Community Conference is just around the corner and it’s time to get people signed up. Thursday, June 7, we will be gathering for a day of activities, dialogue, and learning about our growing community. We have a ton of interesting stuff planned for this conference and we’re looking forward to this year’s biggest peer community event!

The Rundown

When:              June 7, 2018 – Registration begins at 10:00am. Activities all day from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Lunch and snacks included

Where:            Comfort Inn and Suites, 7007 Grover Street, Omaha

Who:               Everyone! This conference is peer-driven, but everyone is welcome

Cost:                We are offering this conference for free. That means free registration, free activities, free breakout sessions, and free food

This sounds amazing! How do I register?

Option #1- Online registration through

  1. Get on the web and go to
  2. Click “Register” and select the number of tickets you need
  3. Click “Checkout” and fill in your information
  4. Click “Complete Registration” and you are done!!

Option #2 – Send a paper registration form

  1. Call Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare at (402) 444-6573
  2. Ask our amazing receptionist to mail you a paper form (have your mailing address ready)
  3. Send completed forms back to us using the included prepaid return envelope and you are done!!*

*We will contact you to confirm your registration


  • Space is limited, so don’t wait to register. Registration will close as soon as all seats are filled.
  • To make things as fair as possible, open registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You must register using one of the methods above – we cannot guarantee that emails or voicemails will reach us in a timely manner
  • If you are registering using a paper form, make sure it is filled out clearly so we know your name and contact information

For Sprout updates visit us at or

Sprout Conference 2018 (2)

Intentional Peer Support Training is Here!

DATES:             Monday, May 21 through Friday, May 25, 2018
TIME:               9:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day
PLACE:             The Stephen Center, 5217 S. 28th Street, Omaha

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare will be holding an Intentional Peer Support (IPS) training this May. Intentional Peer Support is an internationally recognized model for providing peer support. Through this interactive training, participants will learn how to provide support based upon shared experience and mutual respect.

There is no cost to attend this training. However, space is limited so it is important to get the Application for Intentional Peer Support Skills Training turned in on time.

The application deadline is May 14, 2018.

Questions may be directed to:

Jonathan Koley | Manager of Consumer Affairs
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare
4715 South 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68137
OFFICE: 402.591.5000  |  FAX: 402.444.7722

Free Playwriting Workshop Offered

The Region 6 Community Development Project is sponsoring a FREE playwriting workshop!

Participants will work with an experienced playwright to develop their own one-act plays. This is not just for experienced writers – if you are interested in learning more about writing for the stage, or even just have a story to tell, this workshop is for you!

Join us for this informational meeting to learn more about this project and how you can get involved.

Community Development One Act Play Flyer


Sprout 2018 is almost here!!!

June 7, 2018
10:00am – 5:00pm
Comfort Inn and Suites in Omaha
No cost for registration
No application required
Sprout is a free, full-day conference focused on building community among people with lived experience of mental health and substance use challenges, as well as family and allies.

This year we have a very exciting day of activities planned, including a keynote presentation from Chris Hansen, the director of Intentional Peer Support!

We will also have a series of breakout sessions focused around this year’s themes – Community Engagement and Healthy People/Healthy Communities.

As a part of the Region 6 Community Development Project, Sprout 2018 is proud to be consumer-led from start to finish. If you, or someone you know are interested in volunteering to support this event or the Region 6 Community Development Project please contact Jennifer Determan at 402.444.7718 or All interested volunteers are welcome! Anyone interested in writing, performing, or theater should also check out our free playwriting workshop (see the attached Community Development One Act Play Flyer) which will also offer opportunities for participation in the Sprout Conference.
We will be sending out registration information soon, along with more details about the day’s activities. So, keep your eyes peeled for more informtion on Sprout 2018! We will be posting updates at  and

Sprout 2018 Save The Date flyer

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator Training

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare is sponsoring a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator training April 23rd – April 27th, 2018.

This training will prepare participants to guide others through the process of creating and using a Wellness Recovery Action Plan, or WRAP. WRAP is an evidence based, internationally used tool for maintaining personal wellness and managing crisis.

April 23rd – 27th from 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Stephen Center, 2723 Q St, Omaha, NE

WRAP Facilitator Training is open to individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorders with a desire to help others. Detailed information can be found in the application for training. Applications for this training must be received by 5:00 pm on April 9, 2018.

There is no cost to attend the training. Training materials and lunches are provided – all other costs are on your own.

Questions may be directed to:

Jonathan Koley, CPSWS
Manager of Consumer Affairs
(402) 591-5000

Second Annual Consumer Community Open Mic Night

The Region 6 Community Development Project is holding our Second Annual Consumer Open Mic Night!

This event is all about community building through creative expression. We are looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity that community members bring to the stage. If this year is anything like last year’s open mic event, we should be in for quite a show!

We are proud to announce that this year’s show will be featuring a collection of consumer-created visual art, as well! Anyone interested in showing their work can contact Ken Timmerman at

Event Details:
When:                  Saturday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where:                 The Benson Theatre B Side at 6058 Maple Street in Omaha
Who:                     Everybody! While this is a consumer-driven event, we welcome attendance and performances from family, friends, and allies as well!
More info:          See the attached 2018 Open Mic Flyer or visit


How much does this cost?
Nothing! There is no cover charge or cost to participate.

If I show up, do I have to perform?
Absolutely not. If you want to come just to have a good time or support a performer, we will be happy to have you with us!

What kind of performances will there be?
The stage is open for all kinds of performance, including music, poetry, storytelling, dance, comedy, and more. We only ask that performers stick with family-friendly content.

How do I sign up to perform?
We will have a signup table set up at the venue. Just put your name down on the signup sheet and our MC will welcome performers to the stage on a first-come-first-served basis.

Can I do my one-man performance of Romeo and Juliet?
We want to make sure we give stage time to as many people as possible, so performances should be no longer than 5 – 10 minutes each.

I’m nervous. What if my performance isn’t good enough?
Every performance is welcome and applauded. Most people who participate in these events are amateurs and nobody is expected to be perfect. All you have to do is be yourself. 

Providers – Please distribute this to as many people as possible. Your partnership in this community-building effort is invaluable.

Thank you, and we will see many of you soon!

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 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, 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 or call Amy W. at (402) 996-8193

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



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

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

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

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.