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Division of Behavioral Health

 

Title 206  Public Hearing

 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Behavioral Health is holding this hearing to accept comments on proposed new regulations for Behavioral Health Services in Title 206, Chapters 1-10 of the Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC).  This rulemaking also includes the proposed repeal of Title 201 NAC, Certifying Compulsive Gambling Counselors; Title 203 NAC, Regulations for Organizing and Implementing Substance Abuse Services Under the Division on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Act; and Title 204 NAC, Community Mental Health Programs.

 

The proposed new regulations will:

  • Implement provisions of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act, including provisions related to the determination of consumer financial eligibility pursuant to LB 871 (2012);
  • Eliminate provisions relating to assistance for problem gambling pursuant to LB 6 (2013);
  • Combine all regulations for the behavioral health system into a new Title 206 NAC, which will govern community-based behavioral health services for individuals provided by the public behavioral health system; and
  • Incorporate key concepts of behavioral health reform such that services are recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and consumer-focused. 

The proposed regulations are organized into the following chapters and attachment: 

  • Chapter 1:   Scope and Authority
  • Chapter 2:   Definitions
  • Chapter 3:   Division Administration
  • Chapter 4  Contracting Requirements
  • Chapter 5:   Requirements for Providers Contracting With RBHA’s (Regional Behavioral Health Authorities)
  • Chapter 6:   Standards of Care
  • Chapter 7:   Mental Health Board Training
  • Chapter 8:   Notification of Closure of a Behavioral Health Service at a Regional Center
  • Chapter 9:   (Reserved for Peer Support)
  • Chapter 10: (Reserved for Certification of Peer Specialists)
  • Attachment: Behavioral Health Adult Service Definitions
  • Attachment: Financial Eligibility Policy

 

Authority for these regulations is found in the Nebraska Behavioral Health Services Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections 71-801 to 71-831) and Neb. Rev. Stat. Section 81-3117(7).

 

All interested persons are invited to attend and comment at the hearing.  Written comments are also welcome and will be given the same consideration as comments made in person.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by 5:00 p.m. CT the day of the hearing, and should be e-mailed to DHHS.RulesandRegs@nebraska.govfaxed 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 from DHHS as above.

 

The following regulations will be repealed.

REPEAL 201

 

NAC 1

NAC 2

NAC 3

NAC 4

NAC 5

NAC 6

NAC 7

 

REPEAL 203

 

NAC 1

NAC 2

NAC 3

NAC 4

NAC 5

 

REPEAL 204

 

NAC 1

NAC 2

NAC 3

NAC 4

NAC 5

NAC 6 

For more information contact:

 

402-471-7851
 
Division of Behavioral Health
P. O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509
 
Secretary of State's website for additional information on regulatory process.