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The Youth Services System partners with providers in the community to evaluate, coordinate, and offer resources for providers and community members to address substance abuse, mental illness, residential services, and specialized programs for youth.

First Episode Psychosis Treatment, OnTrack of the Heartland

On Track of the Heartland, a partnership between Heartland Family Service and Community Alliance, provides early intervention and recovery-oriented treatment for young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis.  Comprehensive and coordinated behavioral health services such as family support and education, psychotherapy, medication management, and supported employment or education services are provided by a team of behavioral health professionals.  OnTrack of the Heartland is modeled after the Coordinated Specialty Care Team model developed through the National Institute of Mental Health’s research program Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode or RAISE, designed to improve the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia.   

For more information about OnTrack of the Heartland or to make a referral to the program, contact Mindy Blair with Heartland Family Service at (402)552-7003 or

OnTrack of the Heartland

Independent Living Classes

Region 6 Transitional Resources for Youth (TRY) offers a wide range of Independent Living Classes.  These classes are designed to address the many unique challenges that young adults face during the transition to independence. The purpose of the classes is to make the transition to independence successful and foster self-sufficiency by providing valuable resources and teaching the necessary skills. The classes are presented by members of the community and are offered on a wide range of topics.

The classes are available to residents of Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties who are ages 16-26 and experiencing behavioral health challenges.

For more information, contact the TRY Coordinator at 402-996-8193.

Registration Form and Permission slip/waiver

Transitional Resources for Youth

The Transitional Resources for Youth (TRY) Team is a consultation committee attended by representatives from community agencies that work with transition aged youth. The purpose of the committee is to assist young adults in creating a comprehensive plan for their transition to adulthood. The TRY Team’s focus is to improve the young adult’s opportunities in areas such as physical and behavioral health, daily living and housing, personal and community engagement, education, and vocational training. This is accomplished through a collaborative effort of identifying and making recommendations to existing community resources and supports.

Those who are eligible to be presented at the TRY Team are young adults who are experiencing behavioral health challenges and are experiencing barriers to their plan for transitioning to adulthood. The young adult must be between ages 16 and 26, and residing in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy or Washington counties. The plan for transition to young adulthood is person-focused; therefore attendance by the young adult requesting assistance is strongly encouraged. Additionally, a representative, such as a parent, care-giver, or a member of the referring party is required to be in attendance at the TRY Team meeting. Any supports the young adult would like present are welcome as well.

For more information, see the TRY Consultation Team Flyer .

TRY Referral Form

Peer Support

Peer Support provides peer to peer support and advocacy for young adults with behavioral health needs.  Peer Support Specialists provide a unique perspective by utilizing their own lived experiences as a consumer of behavioral health services to model effective recovery skills.   In a peer support relationship, peers spend time getting to know one another and practice mutual responsibility to maintain an emotionally safe environment within the relationship.   Peers learn together and empower one another to move towards their self-determined goals.  Peer Support also emphasizes the importance of self-advocacy and promoting change within the community.

Peer Support Services are available to young adults receiving services from the Transitional Youth Professional Partner Program.

For more information on the Transitional Youth Professional Partner Program, contact the Professional Partner Intake Coordinator at 402-996-8377.

Peer Support Group

The Peer Support Group provides a unique environment where peers can connect with one another through shared experiences.   Individuals have the opportunity to develop positive social relationships and share their experiences in a group design that will empower and inspire recovery.

The Peer Support Group is open to young adults, ages 16-26, who have experienced behavioral health challenges.  The group is available to residents of Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, or Washington counties.

For more information, contact the Peer Support Specialist at 402-996-8193.

Peer Support Group Permission Slip

Kid Squad

KidSquad is a program based on the Teaching Pyramid, an evidence-based mental health early childhood consultation model designed to support the social and emotional development of young children. KidSquad consultants partner with child care programs to provide strategies to promote social-emotional competence in children and to address specific mental health and behavioral concerns.

Kid Squad Partner Sites

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) focuses on the premise that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system should have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults as a result of policies, practices, and programs that maximize their chances for personal transformation, protect their legal rights, reduce their likelihood of unnecessary or inappropriate incarceration, and minimize the risks they pose to their communities. JDAI is based upon eight core, interconnected strategies that address the primary reasons why youth are unnecessarily or inappropriately detained.