Mental Health Center plan approved by Region V governing board

Source: Jordan Pascale, Lincoln Journal Star, June 10, 2013

After a unanimous vote from the Region V Systems governing board Monday, the plan to privatize Lancaster County’s mental health services is complete and awaiting signatures on contracts. Beginning July 1, three private, local agencies will take over the county’s mental health services at the Community Mental Health Center. The center, a $6.2 million operation with more than 70 employees, provides services each year for about 3,500 low-income people with serious mental illnesses. It will keep the same location at 2200 St. Mary’s Ave….
The plan:
* Lutheran Family Services will run core services for about 3,000 people, including outpatient counseling, day treatment, managing medicine and community support. Lutheran Family Services has a history of providing all of those services but day treatment, according to information provided county commissioners.
* CenterPointe, with a history of providing day rehabilitation services, will run the 24-hour crisis line and the county’s day rehabilitation services for about 180 people at MidTown, 2966 O St. CenterPointe provides services to people with addiction and mental health issues in Lincoln.
* Omni Behavioral Health will operate psychiatric residential rehabilitation programs for 22 people at The Heather, 2039 Q St. OMNI has said it will retain the current management structure….
Lancaster County mental health services privatized
Source: Associated Press, June 11, 2013

Three agencies recommended to take over county mental health programs
Source: Nancy Hicks, Lincoln Journal Star, May 31, 2013