The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE, is excited to announce its receipt of a $100,000 program sponsorship from Healthy Blue Nebraska (HBN) to implement brain injury screening, education, and management processes as part of a collaborative project with the Douglas County Youth Center (DCYC). To celebrate the funding of this program, HBN will be holding a check presentation ceremony at Healthy Blue’s Welcome Room at 2910 K St. STE E on January 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Brain injury is often an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed condition in behavioral health. Those who report a history of brain injury will also have longer and more severe histories of substance use and more behavioral health issues. Because brain injury is often an invisible disability, it is easy to miss and misunderstand.

One facet of this project is to bring brain injury training and awareness to the DCYC Behavioral Health Initiative, which is intended to increase access to behavioral health services and improve outcomes of justice-involved youth. The BIA-NE will accomplish this by providing brain injury training and mentoring for DCYC staff, multidisciplinary treatment team members, and community-based providers working with justice-involved youth.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska was founded in 2009 to create better futures for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support. To learn more about the BIA-NE resource facilitation program and its staff members, visit For more information on the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska and its efforts to serve justice-involved youth affected by brain injury in Nebraska, contact Peggy Reisher, MSW, executive director, at or (402) 890-0606.