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August 12, 2011

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or

Comments Wanted on Federal Block Grant for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public input on Nebraska’s federal Uniform Block Grant application for 2012 - 2013. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant have been combined into one grant for 2012.

The block grant proposal must be submitted to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by September 1.

Using the Division of Behavioral Health’s Strategic Plan for 2011 - 2015, the draft application proposes goals to address mental health and substance abuse issues, such as reducing underage drinking and excessive drinking by adults, reducing the sale of tobacco to youth, increasing peer support services, addressing co-occurring disorders, and developing trauma-informed care.

The preliminary draft can be found at:  

Comments can be provided through August 26 in any of the following ways:

  • Via the DHHS website at
  • Emailing to and writing “Block Grant” in the subject line;
  • Sending written comments to Jim Harvey at the Division of Behavioral Health, P. O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026;
  • Commenting in person on August 18 at the joint meeting of the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services and the State Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse Services, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Country Inn and Suites, 5353 No. 27th Street, Lincoln. Public comment periods will be 9:15 – 9:30 and 3:00 – 3:15. Most of the meeting will be devoted to discussion of the application.

Nebraska received approximately $9.7 million in 2011 in block grant funding, 95 percent of which was passed on to local Behavioral Health Regions for community mental health and substance abuse services.