Pender Community Center

An community meeting on how to attract and keep behavioral and mental health professionals in the Thurston County area will take place Jan. 17 at the Pender Community Center in Pender, Nebraska.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

PENDER, Neb. | A community conversation about how to recruit and support behavioral and mental health professionals in the Thurston County area is scheduled for Jan. 17.

Hosted by the Northeast Nebraska Behavioral Health Network, the public meeting will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pender Community Center, 614 Main St. Lunch will be provided.

Thurston County is among 24 counties in the network's region that have been designated as a mental health professional shortage area and as a medically underserved community. The network is seeking to facilitate expanded access to behavioral and mental health providers and services in its communities.

The discussion will focus on how communities can develop plans for housing, financial incentives and community support to attract and keep behavioral and mental health professionals and students.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Traci Bruckner at (402) 360-2109 or tracib@nenebhn.org.

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