Coercion Free Nebraska (CFN) is a coalition committed to improving
behavioral health care for youth across Nebraska. With a vision for all
providers to adopt a trauma-informed system of care, Nebraska’s Coercion
Free initiative coincides with a national model. Each initiative aims to
prevent and reduce the practice of using seclusion, restraint and other
restrictive interventions in residential youth facilities across
Nebraska and the United States.
Transforming the current culture in behavioral health care is a critical step in establishing coercion-free treatment environments. The existence of seclusion and restraint sends a message to treatment staff and the public that people with mental illnesses are dangerous. CFN delivers a new message:
Coercion Free Nebraska works to shift the focus from deficit-based
models to a strength-based approach, focusing on enhancing self-esteem
and promoting the client-centered goals of recovery and rehabilitation.
It is the goal of CFN to foster a system of care for individuals and families that embraces and creates treatment environments that minimize coercion. Through encouraging the growth and development of coercion- and trauma-free treatment environments CFN focuses on reducing the use of restraint and seclusion in Nebraska health system and facilities.
CFN actively promotes a mental health system that treats people with dignity and respect, protects individuals’ rights, provides the best care possible, and assists in their recovery. The Nebraska initiative centers primarily on the following outcomes:
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