Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska has consolidated its Bellevue and Papillion offices to improve access to care and offer more services.

The new office is located in the former headquarters of the SAC Federal Credit Union, 11515 S. 39th St., and will serve residents of Bellevue and Papillion, as well as clients from the surrounding area.

“We’re super excited to be continuing to provide even more services to our Sarpy County clients,” said Todd Reckling, vice president of program at Lutheran Family Services.

Lutheran Family Services occupies the third floor of the building with 6,990 square feet of office space. Twenty two full-time staff members offer a range of behavioral health services, including substance abuse counseling, medication management and sexual abuse treatment. The office also provides services for both children and adults.

“There may be some cross reference for when we have a child being served, and the parent can also be referred to adult behaviorial health and work with someone here,” said Jeannette Taylor, statewide administrator for children’s services.

The new office included a room with a two-way mirror where parents can interact with their children under the watchful eye of a therapist and learn different childcare techniques.

With the move, LFS will be able to provide its children services therapies in Bellevue with two on-site children’s mental health therapists. One therapist will offer counseling services to children, while a second will offer parent-child interaction therapy, a treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that builds positive parent-child relationships.

The same provider will offer a school-based variant of that therapy that helps teachers manage difficult students and classrooms.

Lutheran Family Services closed its former Bellevue office at 730 Fort Crook Road N. on Jan. 30.

It had operated at that location since August 2000. The new office at SAC opened Feb. 1, and adds 1,200 square feet to the total combined space of both LFS offices in Bellevue and Papillion, including 19 offices spaces and two rooms for group therapy.

Another service that will be offered is the At Ease program, designed to serve veterans and active-duty military members which will include mental health counseling and medication support.

“We want to offer a holistic healing approach to our veterans,” clinical supervisor Paul Greenwell said.

Lutheran Family Services operates 18 offices across the state with 360 employees and 45,000 people who use its services each year. The organization is affiliated with both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and the organization depends on volunteers from these churches.

The vast majority of people who use Lutheran Family Services, however, are not Lutheran.

“Any and all people are welcome in our doors,” Reckling said.

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