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August 6, 2013 – The Author’s Perspective
Julia Cook writes stories for the child in each of us about social or emotional issues children
experience but perhaps haven’t words to describe. Children are able to relate to the pony or the
tree, the butterfly or the balloon, who is the ‘hero’ of the story and experiencing distress. Ms.
Cook will share excerpts from her newest books including addictive video games children play,
cancer in children, and coping with peer pressure. My favorite book, The Blueloon about childhood
depression, now has an activity book that we will discuss as well.
August 13, 2013 – The Provider Perspective
Ruth Henrichs, CEO with Lutheran Family Services, John Jeanetta, CEO for Heartland Family Services,
and John Griffith, CEO at Catholic Charities share perspectives regarding how the provision of
behavioral health care has changed for agencies over the past 10 years, and what direction we will
probably be moving towards in the next 10 years. How will charitable organizations providing behavioral
health care services receive the funding needed to continue their meaningful programs?
August 20, 2013 – The Parent Perspective
There is a growing need for mental health care for youth, and for more timely access to appropriate care.
Young people do experience depression, become involved with substance abuse, or seriously consider suicide.
What happens when parents try to access an assessment, a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and a recovery plan
for their child, teen, or young adult. Are families meeting with success?
August 27, 2013 – The Consumer Perspective
Three of our special friends who’ve experienced a lifetime of mental health challenges share their stories and share great
perspectives on what motivated them to reach deep inside to claim the spirit of recovery and resiliency they knew could
happen. This will be our last Not Alone broadcast; we felt it appropriate to close with words by the very people who
inspired us to initiate Not Alone programs six years ago.
July 2, 2013 – Physician Assistants and Their Role in Helping Those with Mental Disorders Maintain Wellness
Physician assistants were originally created to alleviate the lack of physicians in primary
care. However, this has evolved into a strong care provider service of its own. Many PAs have
developed a specialty, including psychiatry. Responsibilities and opportunities can differ,
such as providing behavioral health care for pre-school children, while other PAs provide
psych services for older persons.
July 9, 2013 – The Value of Peer Support in Recovery and Wellness
Working with other people who have experienced mental disorders helps one appreciate that there is recovery and
wellness. However, individuals must be willing to work towards building personal self-esteem and to seek out social
opportunities for growing and learning. Drawing on their own experiences, peers can promote growth and healing in
others by turning the focus from illness to wellness. Not Alone guests are from the Lincoln community and are
respected for their leadership inspiring recovery and wellness.
July 16, 2013 – Keystone Treatment and Outreach Center Services for
Substance Abuse and Gambling Disorders
The Keystone Treatment Center is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Their strengths
include inpatient evaluation and detoxification. Keystone models the 12 step spiritual
and social model of recovery, using the peer support strengths as part of the recovery
process. Keystone also has a specific Native American program that has helped many people
be restored to successful living.
July 23, 2013 – Opportunities for Veterans at Nebraska Community Colleges
Many members of the Nebraska National Guard and the Nebraska Reserve Units have been taking advantage of their Veterans
educational benefits. Central Community College Nebraska has been a leader in helping students with their admissions process,
by meeting with an advisor or career counselor to discuss academic interests, and to take advantage of the Veterans Resource
Center to learn about housing, medical, and employment opportunities.
July 30, 2013 – Magellan Health Services
Changes for Nebraska
Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medicaid, has determined that Nebraska will enter a Managed
Care program for Behavioral Health. This will include a new vision and strategy plus adjustments in clinical policies and
reimbursement guidelines. Magellan Care is contracted to carry out the Behavioral Health Managed Care Program and on this
broadcast we'll learn more about just what these changes in procedures will involve.
June 4, 2013 – Dr. Mary Moller
Mary Moller, a professor from the Yale University Graduate School of Nursing, is an APRN nationally
recognized for leading research in schizophrenia which has focused on helping people adjust their
lives after having had a psychotic episode. Dr. Moller will talk with us about careers in nursing,
especially in caring for people with mental health disorders. What do patients and families tell
the nursing staff? How can the nursing staff help patients experiencing psychiatric challenges
reclaim their life? Instead of the ‘loss of self’, people can now follow a path to recovery and
the nurse plays a caring part in that recovery journey.
June 11, 2013 – Dr. Mary Moller
Dr. Mary Moller, of Yale University Graduate School of Nursing continues her visit with Not Alone.
Dr. Moller discusses their research regarding schizophrenia and what nurses learn about caregiving
when they listen to the patient and the patient’s loved ones talk about the course of the illness
and the support needed to encourage recovery.
June 18, 2013 – Advancing Mental Health Care
Dr. Scot Adams, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health with the Nebraska Department of Health
and Human Services, and Dr. Lila Starr, chair of the “Older Persons Division” for the National Association
of State Mental Health Program Directors, co-founder of the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging,
and PASRR program manager in the Iowa Division of Mental Health and Disability Services, will share
insights with us regarding their hopes and dreams for advancing the provision of mental health care
within the next 10 years.
June 25, 2013 – Family Perspective
Our guest will be Joseph Jason, President of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Barrington, IL
community. Imagine that your young son had Asperger Syndrome. Imagine that your son, unable to make sound
decisions regarding appropriate behaviors because of his disorder, made poor social choices. Instead of
receiving an assessment and mental health care, he is facing 55 years in the Iowa State Penitentiary. We
will hear a family perspective on this broadcast.
May 7, 2013 – GOALS
Treva Haugaard, the Executive Director of GOALS, will join us to talk about their mission of
addressing absenteeism and at-risk behavior in youth by finding coordinated efforts of
encouragement and support that will keep youngsters successfully in school. In 2009, the
legislature established a new law regarding truancy in Nebraska and GOALS is part of the
plan the public school superintendents in Douglas and Sarpy Counties outlined for responding
to students who are not consistently attending school.
May 14, 2013 – Nebraska Families Collaborative
The month of May recognizes National Foster Care Month, so we've asked Jaimie Anderson Hoyt and Jewel
Schiffens from Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) to help us understand the role of foster parents,
the value of their services, and the needs being addressed when youngsters are placed in the foster
care system. NFC is a collaboration of five organizations invested in children and families, and, as
a collaborative, directs the foster care placement for most youngsters in this area.
May 21, 2013 – Parent Voices
Parents who now have adult children experiencing brain disorders will be our guest. When did they first
realize their child had emotional challenges? What kind of help was available to the parents and to the
youngster? What services are available they found the most helpful? What are the challenges that must be
overcome in order to provide better services for the next generation of parents and children?
May 28, 2013 – Premier Psychiatric Group
Premier Psychiatric Group has become a regional leader in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy.
Dr. Walter Duffy will explain how non-invasive brain magnetic stimulation has led to effective treatment options
for people suffering from many treatment-resistant neurobiological disorders, as well as share insight and
perspectives regarding research underway utilizing these advanced technologies. In addition, Dr. Duffy will
discuss the use of pharmacogenetic testing in medication selection as well as treating patients
April 2, 2013 – Peer Support
Adults who have lived with psychiatric disorders will be sharing their experiences and the importance
of peer support in facilitating recovery as we talk about the Help, the Hope and the Healing opportunities
that had the most impact for them personally.
April 9, 2013 – Veterans Administration
Members of the Veterans Administration will be sharing concerns from a national perspective and discussing the
impact specific issues are having in Iowa and Nebraska. We will talk about the specific problems they are
confronted with and steps being taken to address certain issues such as military sexual trauma and outreach
to homeless veterans.
April 16, 2013 – Senior Health and Healing with Lila Starr
Lila Starr, the chair of the 'Older Persons Division' of the National Association of State Mental Health
Program Directors (NASMHPD), co-founder of the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, and PASRR program
manager in the Iowa Division of Mental Health and Disability Services, will be sharing new information
regarding mental health issues, needs, and opportunities for healing within the older adult population
from a national perspective.
April 23, 2013 – UNO Department of Gerontology
The Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha is nationally recognized for
their research of the aging population. Its graduates are highly respected for their insight
and ability to work with the senior population. Is Depression really a Normal Part of Aging?
Dr. Lyn Holley, Dr. Priscilla Quinn, and Paul Falkowski join us.
April 30, 2013 – Mary Lanning HealthCare Center
Dr. Jeromy Warner is leading the fourth annual Mental Health Awareness Dinner, supported by the
Mary Lanning HealthCare Center in Hastings, Nebraska. We celebrate the valuable opportunities
for mental health care available in Central Nebraska through their programs.
March 5, 2013 – Epworth Village
Epworth Village addresses the issues of children and youth in need of services for emotional and behavioral
disorders. Many agencies are no longer financially able to offer mental health care to young people, but the
disorders are not going away, just because the dollars have. Epworth Village has a long history with Nebraska
families and the new director, Patrick Garcia, plans to see the outstanding help and the healing traditions
of Epworth Village continue.
March 12, 2013 – Problem Gambling Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness Month is recognized in March and this is an addiction that many people struggle to
overcome. Recognizing that most adults can gamble without a problem, it is still noted that almost three percent
of the general population can become pathological gamblers. We'll be learning to recognize addictions and find
places to help break those bonds.
March 19, 2013 – Alternative to Incarceration
Beth Morrissette and Alternatives to Incarceration will introduce us to a great community endeavor in Pottawattamie
County, Iowa. The results of their work have included the reduction of individuals being hospitalized, being arrested,
and being involved in the criminal justice system. It's about connecting individuals to community resources and
building community collaborations that improve the quality of life before the bad stuff becomes a way of life.
March 26, 2013 – Mosaic
Mosaic is celebrating a century of service to people with intellectual disabilities by providing support
tailored to the goals and needs of each person. What about the growing recognition that any person with
intellectual disabilities is also challenged by psychiatric disabilities? How are we addressing their
needs in a healing manner? Chris Steward will be one of our guests as we learn more about the mission
February 5, 2013 – RESPECT
Respect has visited Not Alone many times and our listeners ask for their return.
This visit they will be performing Too Big A Secret, a drama about family violence.
Friends of Jeff become aware that Jeff is being hurt, but it is 'family' business,
and Jeff is not supposed to talk about it. Jeff's friends don't want to break his
trust when they learn about his secret, but yet they feel that Jeff's secret needs
to be told and the family needs to receive help. So there are guidelines here for
parents, teachers, school counselors, and other family members for addressing this
February 12, 2013 – At Ease
At Ease is a program designed for military families, veterans or active duty personnel. It offers trauma
treatment and therapeutic support programs especially addressing the untreated trauma reactions and
post-traumatic stress disorder. It is a confidential service available to families outside of their
usual military programs, so the course of treatment for individuals or family members remains outside
the military record. In Nebraska, Lutheran Family Services helps to bridge that gap for servicemen and women.
February 19, 2013 – Dating Violence
When we speak of dating violence, we usually address our attention to teen and young adult dating
experiences, but many people who find themselves single again later in life also experience dating
violence. In our culture it appears more and more that we are pressured to not be alone, and that we must
have somebody in our life. What about older people who are more vulnerable to domination? What can we do
as a society to prevent or intervene when a person of any age is being harmed?
February 26, 2013 – Youth Emergency Services (YES)
Youth Emergency Services (YES) was established to help homeless and at-risk youth learn to become
self-sufficient young adults. They are able to receive food and shelter on an emergency basis,
sometimes medical care is involved. Often they need to be directed to safer support systems so
that they are able to enter the world of adulthood more safely, and with more stability. We'll
learn why there are so many more homeless youth these days and the role YES plays in reversing
the hazardous circumstances in which youth find themselves.
January 1, 2013 – Gayle Bluebird
Gayle Bluebird joins Not Alone in this week’s broadcast. Gayle has been part of the Consumer Movement
since the 1970s and has learned the importance of being not only an advocate for her own wellness but
has taken a leadership role in developing peer-healing opportunities for other people as well. Gayle
is a role model who has helped people focus on their strengths instead of their weaknesses. She has
revolutionized how consumers are served and treated in healthcare facilities around the country.
She is inspiring, to say the least.
January 8, 2013 – Mental Health: A Personal Perspective
On this very special program, Not Alone will feature three adults who have had a history with mental health issues.
They will share their story of years with hospitalization, medications, family struggles, helpful programs, and healing.
Each guest has had painful hurdles to over come, and has emerged stronger and healthier.
January 15, 2013 – WRAP
Not Alone listeners are familiar with WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans). This week's guests
are Walter Hudson and Jayne Winterling who teach a specially written and developed WRAP for
Veterans. There are about 840,000 veterans who are homeless at some time during the year, which
is 23 percent of the homeless population. 89 percent received Honorable Discharges, while 33
percent served in a war zone, and suicide has become a major health problem among veterans.
WRAP is designed to give our veterans the help and encouragement they need by helping them
design and implement a plan for healthy living, and to teach family members how these resources
January 22, 2013 – Hoarding
Professor Christiana Bratiotis is one of the leading researchers in the field of hoarding. She will be
talking with us about how symptoms of hoarding are first seen in ages 12 to 20. Two of the most common
culprits we will learn about are anxiety and stress. About 6 percent of our population suffers from hoarding,
approximately 16 million people. Life experiences of loss - a loved one, a job, or a home - can be triggers,
as is a genetic disposition. Sometimes, it is simply too overwhelming to make a decision about what to do with
items so nothing is done. We'll all learn from this broadcast and then maybe we can help each other
clean that attic.
January 29, 2013 – Personal Courage
This broadcast will feature Consumers, and these broadcasts are always listener favorites. We will learn
first-hand what triggered their brain disorder, what their treatment involved, how they have learned to
move forward successfully, and how they have learned to share their experiences generously to help others
move towards wellness. This will be a motivating and inspiring program about personal courage.
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