Organization Name: CenterPointe
Mission: CenterPointe helps the people we serve get better, sooner, for longer.
Funded Program Description: The Kim Foundation generously provided funding to provide intensive, onsite training for CenterPointe staff to improve their practice of evidence-based mental health care through Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a comprehensive, multi-modal treatment, consisting of individual therapy, skill group, skill coaching, and therapist consultation, which can be used in conjunction with other treatment practices. DBT is also an especially effective tool in treating individuals with suicidal ideations.
DBT theory suggests that some peoples’ arousal levels can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, that they attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and that it takes a significantly greater amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels. Because few people understand such reactions, these individuals rarely have successful methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT teaches participants to identify emotions as they arise and to sit with those emotions long enough to avoid acting impulsively.
CenterPointe operates programming utilizing DBT in both Lincoln and Omaha. The majority of program participants have no insurance and qualify for Regions V and 6 behavioral health services. Many participants are homeless upon beginning service and the majority have low incomes. Program participants experience complex issues and face multiple barriers to treatment success. Evidence-based practices like DBT help ensure that we are prepared to address even the most complex human conditions and that our clients can receive the most long-lasting, up-to-date care.
Successes of Program or Inspirational Stories: CenterPointe has completed two out of the four DBT trainings. We have been able to train staff in DBT and are providing better DBT services as clinicians are receiving training. We have had front-line staff, care managers, and nurses complete the training creating a greater availability of DBT based services to address the complex needs of the people we serve.
Program Contact: Michelle Nelson