Omaha’s Community Alliance to build new headquarters at 71st Street and Mercy Road

by Julie Anderson – Omaha World Herald

Community Alliance, an Omaha nonprofit that has served Nebraskans with mental illness for 40 years, has announced plans to expand services and build a 120,000-square-foot headquarters at 71st Street and Mercy Road.

Carole Boye, Community Alliance’s CEO, said mental health challenges were apparent in the community before the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pandemic has increased the number of people experiencing mental health challenges and spotlighted the area’s lack of capacity and access to behavioral health care.

“Our goal — and we’re not there yet — is if somebody walks in, we can say, ‘How can we help you today?’” Boye said. “Not make an appointment for a month or two from now.”

Community Alliance, now located at 41st and Leavenworth Streets, serves between 3,300 and 3,500 people a year, she said. Over the next five years, the organization envisions serving about 10,000 people a year.

To accomplish that goal, Boye said, Community Alliance has begun hiring staff, tapping four federal grants it has received over roughly the past two years.

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