MMI AmeriCorps involves 29 AmeriCorps members in training and assisting with providing behavioral health services. These members focus on serving individuals who are underprivileged & underserved, and military families who do not generally have access to behavioral health services. The MMI AmeriCorps program has members across the state in the Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, Chadron, and Alliance areas. MMI AmeriCorps has trained numerous members through a “Service Through Learning” model where members remaine in rural and underserved areas to practice in the area they trained after completion of their AmeriCorps service. Traditionally, clinicians have needed to go to urban areas to receive training and never return to rural and underserved areas.
Lead Agency: University of Nebraska Medical Center - Munroe Meyer Institute (MMI)
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Grand Island Behavioral Health Clinic, Grand Island
Munroe Meyer Institute Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD), Omaha
AmeriCoprs members serve in the MMI Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders providing direct care services to children with autism under the supervision of licensed clinicians from the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Targeted activities include assisting in management of behavioral problems (i.e., severe tantrums, non-compliance, social avoidance), language development, observation and data collection in "generalization" settings (such as home and school), program evaluation data collection, and development of learning materials for parents and teachers.
Munroe Meyer Institute Rural Outreach Clinics, Chadron, Grand Island, Lexington, Hastings, Fremont & Kearney
AmeriCorps members recruited from graduate school training programs in behavioral health across Nebraska and neighboring states play an integral role in providing parent education, counseling, behavior management, consultation and the collection of behavioral data from home-based and school-based observations. Members provide support to families by assisting in the implementation of clinical recommendations in natural environments (home, classroom, daycare), thus increasing the families' abilities to meet treatment goals. Rural members are placed into collaborating community agencies including: Chadron Medical Clinic, Crete Behavioral Health Clinics, Box Butte Medical Clinic, Friend Behavioral Health Clinic, Grand Island Medical Clinic, Hastings Children and Adolescent Clinic, Lexington Medical Clinic, Kearney Clinic, Fremont Pediatric Partners, Columbus Pediatric Clinic and Boys & Girls Homes of Nebraska.
Munroe Meyer Institute Social Work Department, Omaha
AmeriCorps members who are intern-level students provide supervised counseling and community resource management to clients served on the MMI campus and in the Cogley Pediatric Clinic. Children with disabilities and their families served by this program are disproportionably uninsured or Medicaid-dependent.
Contact for information or to volunteer
Ryan Thorson, Ph.D., PLP, LMHP
UNMC - Munroe Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Toll Free: 800-656-3937