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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Cheyenne County

Mental Health Counselor Opens Office at WNCC


August 22, 2018

Forrest Hershberger

Nichole Peralta, left, and Paula Abbott, Western Nebraska Community College Sidney Campus Director, display a cake in honor of Peralta opening a Karuna Counseling. Her office is in the WNCC Business Incubator and Entrepreneurship center. A ceremony was held recently recognizing businesses in the program.

A few months ago, Panhandle Health Group announced the end of mental health services to the Cheyenne County area.

The end of services was primarily due to loss of state funding, according to Nichole Peralta.

Peralta has been with Panhandle Health for six years and part of the Sidney community for nine years.

"Moving wasn't really an option," she said.

She saw a need for mental health and substance abuse counseling and looked for a way to continue practicing in Sidney. For her, it wasn't just about staying employed in Sidney. It was and continues to be providing a needed service to the comm...

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