Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Position: Medical Director, Lincoln Regional Center

Location: Lincoln, NE


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) team contributes to the lives and health of Nebraskans every day; its mission – "Helping people live better lives" – provides the motivation to make a difference. Some DHHS programs impact all Nebraskans, such as educating and protecting residents through public health activities like ensuring clean and safe drinking water and licensing and certifying all health care professionals; DHHS also touches the state's most vulnerable citizens with services that assist the elderly, low-income residents, the disabled, abused and neglected children, and vulnerable adults. DHHS is Nebraska's largest state agency and is responsible for nearly one-third of state government, in terms of teammates and budget. It is comprised of five divisions, seven facilities, and eight operational areas. The five division directors, who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature, report to the chief executive officer; these divisions are: Behavioral Health, Children and Family Services, Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid and Long-Term Care, and Public Health.

Lincoln Regional Center (LRC) is the largest state psychiatric hospital in Nebraska, providing forensic, sex offender, and general psychiatric services to its patients on a 107-acre campus that is also the site of a state arboretum with over 400 species of plants and trees, creating a peaceful environment for care and treatment.


Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County; with a population of approximately 284,750, it is the second-most populous city in Nebraska. It is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas, home to approximately 353,120 residents. As the city is the seat of government for the state of Nebraska, the state and federal government are major employers; the University of Nebraska, founded in 1867, is the city's third-largest employer, with other primary employers falling within the service and manufacturing industries, including a growing high-tech sector – the region makes up part of what is known as the greater Midwest Silicon Prairie. Lincoln has been ranked fourth on Forbes' list of "Best Places for Business and Careers," first among NerdWallet's "Best Cities for Job Seekers," and second on SmartAsset's list of "Cities with the Best Work/Life Balance." The city has also been named among the top 10 best places to retire by U.S. News & World Report.

Job Description:

Lincoln Regional Center (LRC), a 250-bed, Joint Commission-accredited state psychiatric hospital, is seeking a motivated and energetic individual to serve as its senior clinical and quality leader. Part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Behavioral Health, LRC has an average daily census of 215 patients and is served by 560 employees, with an annual budget of $46 million. The medical director of the center will develop, direct, and coordinate the overall psychiatric care and treatment of inpatients and outpatients; will partner with the operating officer in the clinical aspects of the overall administration of the campus; will supervise the psychiatric prescriber staff and conduct psychiatric training programs; will provide direct psychiatric care to patients; and will serve as the medical liaison to other state agencies and legislative branches of the State of Nebraska.

Search Team:

Derek J. Castaneda

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