LB 95: Psychiatric Medications for the Indigent

 Frequently Asked Questions:

What is LB 95?
LB 95 is a law passed in 1981 by the Nebraska Legislature that authorized the provision of commonly used medications for the treatment of mental illness and medications used to treat the common side effects of said medications for any indigent person having been committed  for inpatient or outpatient mental health treatment.

How do I apply for LB 95 benefits? 
A patient or guardian must complete the Affidavit Form (MH004), with signature and notarization, and return it to Lincoln Regional Center (LRC) or Norfolk Regional Center (NRC) Financial Responsibilities Office (LRC if the patient resides in Region 3 or 5, NRC if the patient resides in Region 1, 2, 4, or 6 - (please see the breakdown of PDFCounties by Region).  You are also required to complete a Financial Questionnaire for the current fiscal year and for every fiscal year following that LB 95 participation is desired and file that with Financial Responsibility Office.  If the request is for a Regional Center inpatient, a social worker may assist in the process as part of discharge planning.  In addition, your physician must convey the prescription information to the Lincoln or Norfolk Regional Center Pharmacy by phone, fax, or mail.

Is LB 95 going to provide all of my medications?  
No, LB 95 will only provide medications as prescribed by the patient’s treating physician/psychiatrist as necessary for the patient’s mental health treatment.

Will I always get my medications from the same Regional Center that I was discharged from?  
Not necessarily, the state is divided in regions, so you will get your medications from the Regional Center that serves the county in which you are presently residing.  Here is a list of PDFCounties by Region or use this map.

Are medications sent automatically each month?
No.  Consumers should check with their clinic or Health Care Provider to find out how medications are refilled.

Are LRC and NRC going to provide these medications as long as I need them? 
No, this should be a transitional service, meant to provide psychiatric medications until Medicare/Medicaid or 3rd party benefits are available, at which time medications shall be obtained from the individual’s pharmacy of choice.  It is the responsibility of the individual or his/her representative to notify the appropriate Financial Responsibility Office of a change in Medicare/Medicaid or 3rd party benefits. 

Do I have to pick up my medications at the Regional Center?
No, medications may not be picked up at the Regional Centers.  Medications will be mailed via USPS to select clinics, Health Care Providers or to the patient’s residence.

Why do some people get all of their psychiatric medications paid for and others receive a bill for some of the cost? 
All participants receive a bill at full cost until the Financial Questionnaire is returned and approved.  Individuals are liable for the cost of their medications to their ‘ability to pay’ based on the Rules and Regulations set by the Nebraska Financial Responsibility Law of 1969.  We do not want to create a financial hardship for anyone and our Financial Responsibilities Offices are available to answer any questions you might have in regard to this issue.

Who do I contact if I have questions regarding my medications?
The pharmacy supplying your medications or Health Care Provider are resources for outpatients who want information regarding their medication.  (Mon-Fri 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., excluding state-recognized holidays, Lincoln Regional Center (402) 479-5169, Norfolk Regional Center (402) 370-3318.

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