2017 NeRHA Award Winners
Dale Gibbs has an outstanding career of giving, time, money and energy. Tireless in his efforts, beyond the routine job, and with quiet passion few people are able to see. Never wanting his name in lights, just care to the patients of rural NE.
OUTSTANDING RURAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER AWARD
Beth Baxter is truly an innovator and leader in behavioral health in rural Nebraska. As the long time administrator of Region 3 Behavioral Health Services, Beth oversees the behavioral health system within 22 counties in rural South Central Nebraska. Beth collaborates with a wide variety of partners, including consumers, families, providers, elected officials, board members, community members, and other interested parties to bring much needed behavioral health care to the central part of the State. Under Beth’s direction Region 3 has provided numerous programs to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing behavioral health care challenges as well as providing programs and interventions that promote mental well being and social inclusion. The most recent efforts have been targeted at developing a First Episode Psychosis Program in partnership with Region 6. The program, OnTrack Central Nebraska, is a collaboration with several behavioral health providers including Center for Psychological Services, Richard Young Behavioral Health, Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska, and Mid-Plains Center for Behavioral Healthcare Services. Using the Coordinated Specialty Care model the program seeks to fundamentally change the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders through coordinated and aggressive treatment in the earliest stages of illness with the aim to help young people with the disorder lead productive and independent lives. Without Beth’s leadership and vision these programs would not exist. She is a visionary who goes above and beyond to ensure a community oriented approach to behavioral healthcare allowing people to live, work, and get well in rural Nebraska.