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For Immediate Release
September 3, 2014

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

Department of Health and Human Services to Hold Hearing on Sept. 18 on Mental Health Professions

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, is holding a hearing on proposed regulations related to the licensure and certification of independent mental health practitioners, mental health practitioners, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.  The hearing will be held on Thursday, September 18 at, at 10:00 a.m. CT, in the Nebraska State Office Building in Lincoln, 301 Centennial Mall South, lower level conference room A.

These regulations are being updated to reflect the provisions of the Mental Health Practice Act, the Uniform Credentialing Act, and state law requiring verification of lawful presence.  Included are:

  • Revised definitions of terms including approved programs, client/patient or client system, direct client contact, qualified physician, qualified supervisor, supervised experience, and others;
  • Provisions for licensure of independent mental health practitioners; rovisions for licensure of independent mental health practitioners;
  • Revised unprofessional conduct standards including the adoption of a code of ethics addressing competence, confidentiality, disclosure of confidential information, discrimination, dual relationships, professional records, professional relationships, referrals, sexual harassment, sexual intimacy, and students and supervisees; and
  • Provisions for technology-assisted services;

The previous rulemaking on these regulations, with public hearings in 2008, 2009, and 2010, is being terminated.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments or to attend and comment at the hearing.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT the day of the hearing, and should be e-mailed to, faxed to 402-742-2382, or sent to DHHS Legal Services, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, NE 68509-5026.  Copies of written comments and names of persons submitting them will be available after the hearing.
The draft regulations can be found at