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Nebraska to help create psychiatric registry

Posted at 12:10 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 13:10:39-05

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will be participating in a national project to develop registries to help people who need psychiatric care get into inpatient care more quickly.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Nebraska is among 23 states that will receive a $150,000 grant to participate. The project aims to give providers one centralized resource to find available inpatient beds.

The program is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

Sheri Dawson leads the behavorial health division at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. She says Nebraska's registry is scheduled for testing this summer in Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties.