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March 24, 2011

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

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing April 7 on Proposed Regulations for Behavioral Health

Lincoln –The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is holding a hearing on Thursday, April 7, in the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lower Level, Conference Room A, in Lincoln. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. CT.

The Division of Behavioral Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed regulations that will:

  • Implement provisions of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act;

  • Incorporate key concepts to ensure that services are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and consumer-focused; and

  • Ensure that services are provided in the most integrated setting appropriate for each consumer’s needs.

This is a second hearing on these regulations, which have been revised following the first hearing on August 19, 2010. All comments submitted for the first hearing are on record and do not need to be resubmitted. Changes since the first hearing will incorporate:

  • The Behavioral Health Adult Service definitions;
  • Clarified provisions on the assessment of the consumer’s ability to pay; and
  • Responses to comments at the first hearing.

Anyone may attend and comment at the hearings or submit comments in writing. Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT April 9 and should be sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026, fax 402-742-2382, or e-mailed to  

Draft copies of the regulations are available at DHHS, 402-471-9022, and at the office of the Secretary of State, 402-471-2385. Draft regulations are available online at

If auxiliary aids or reasonable accommodations are needed to participate in a hearing, please call 402-471-9022. For persons with hearing impairments, please call DHHS at 402-471-9570 (voice and TDD) or the Nebraska Relay System at 711 or 800-833-7352 TDD at least 2 weeks before the hearing date.