Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a system of education, prevention and mitigation of the effects of exposure to an event that strains a person’s ability to function. 

The Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Program trains volunteer peers to provide crisis support for; law enforcement officers; firefighters; emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, and emergency management personnel; and dispatchers.
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The Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Program trains volunteer peers to provide crisis support for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, emergency management personnel, and dispatchers.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provides education, prevention, stress coping techniques and helps mitigate the effects of stress and negative emotional reactions that interfere with a person's ability to function due to an event or the repeated exposure to events.

How to request a debriefing

Call:  (402) 479-4921

When to call for a debriefing?

Whenever you have faced a situation that causes unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with your ability to function during or after the event.  Requests for a debriefing may come from anyone who is in law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, emergency management personnel, or dispatch may call for a debriefing.

CISM program authorization

The CISM program provides immunity for CISM team members and provides for any information learned during a CISM session to be confidential and unable to be disclosed. The following authorizes the Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management program:

Become a CISM peer member

It is vital that first responders have access the mental health resources. Without it, first responders may run the risk of suicides, post-traumatic stress and leaving emergency response. First Responders need to know they are important and that someone cares enough to rescue them through their tough times. 

The CISM program is looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team. The process is simple:

  • First, enroll in a 16-hour CISM Group Intervention course taught by a certified ICISF certified trainer.
  • After successful completion of the course fill out and return an application and all the necessary documentation.
  • The final step is an interview with members of the statewide CISM team.

 Become part of this valuable team and resource for the wellbeing of Nebraska's first responders.

CISM staff contact i​nformation

Debbie Kuhn
CISM Program Manager
Phone Number
(402) 471-0119
Cellular Number
(402) 326-0173
Fax Number
(402) 742-1140
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026