Governor Pete Ricketts announced the launch of Nebraska’s first addiction medicine fellowship program. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Attorney General’s office, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) teamed up to create the program and will partner to oversee it. The fellowship model provides fellows with experience in the prevention, clinical evaluation, treatment, and long-term monitoring of addiction disorders. The training emphasizes the management of medical, psychiatric, and social conditions in the comprehensive care of these individuals and is informed by a wide range of evidence-based interventions. The educational program in addiction medicine must be 12 months in length and must be completed in no more than a two-year period.
Addiction medicine fellowships are multispecialty training programs that focus on the provision of care for persons with unhealthy substance use, substance use disorders, and other addictive disorders. Addiction medicine physicians work in diverse settings, including clinical medicine, public health, education, and research. Addiction medicine physicians treat consumers across the lifespan who have different degrees of disease severity: from at risk, to those with advanced and complicated diseases, to those in recovery.
Governor Pete Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska’s 40th Governor on January 8, 2015. He was first elected to office upon winning the Nebraska gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014. Governor Ricketts has worked with the Legislature to deliver over $840 million in direct property tax relief, dramatically reducing the rate of state spending growth, creating new workforce development programming, cutting unnecessary red tape to bolster Nebraska’s business-friendly climate, and expanding international markets for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers.
The Department of Health and Human Services team contributes to the lives and health of Nebraskans every day. Their mission, “Helping people live better lives,” provides the motivation to make a difference. Some programs impact all Nebraskans; other services assist the elderly, low income and those with disabilities. The organization provides safety to abused and/or neglected children and vulnerable adults.
University of Nebraska Medical Center is committed to the education of a 21st century health care work force, to finding cures and treatments for devastating diseases, to providing the best care for consumers, and to serving the state and its communities through award-winning outreach. The Medical Center is also committed to embracing the richness of diversity, and is a major economic engine for the state of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Department of Justice and Office of the Attorney General operates as the State’s law firm. The office is headed by the Nebraska Attorney General, an independently-elected constitutional officer, and is a diverse organization of highly specialized attorneys and support staff. The Attorney General’s Office is the largest law firm in Nebraska outside of Omaha.
This was reported by the Nebraska Governor’s Office on August 12, 2019.
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Contact information: Vicky Cerino, Media Coordinator, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 42nd and Emile, Omaha, Nebraska 68198; 402-350-0898; Website: www.unmc.edu
Contact information: Suzanne Gage, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office, 2115 State Capitol, Post Office Box 98920, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509; 402-471-2656; Website: http://ago.nebraska.gov