A children's day health service is defined as a person or any legal entity which provides specialized care and treatment, including an array of social, medical, rehabilitation, or other support services for a period of less than 24 consecutive hours in a community-based group program to 20 or more persons under 21 years of age who require such services due to medical dependence, birth trauma, congenital anomalies, developmental disorders, or functional impairment.
Specialized care and treatment is care and treatment provided at a level requiring a practitioner and/or under the direction of a practitioner for one or more of the following services: skilled nursing care, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or mental health.
Medicare certification is not available for CDHS facilities.
For Medicaid certification information see Nebraska State Medicaid webpage.
Initial license requirements: Read Title 175 NAC 6-003.01.
Please see the Inspections section of this page for initial inspection information.
Initial License Application
Renewal License Requirements – read Title 175 NAC 6-003.02.
Fees: The licensee must pay fees for licensure and services as set forth at 175 NAC 6-004.09.
Forms: The following form may be completed online but must be printed, signed, and mailed to our office. We require an original signature on all applications.
Renewal License Application: please call (402) 471-4967
An applicant or licensee must notify the Department in writing, by mail, email, or fax as required at 175 NAC 6-004.06
Additional General Requirements
Change of premises or ownership: The sale, whether of stock, title, or assets, lease, or discontinuance of operations terminates the license. The licensee must notify the Department in writing 10 days before a children's day health service is sold, leased, discontinued, or moved. A license is issued only for the premises and persons named in the application and is not transferable or assignable.
The following form may be completed online but must be printed, signed, and mailed to our office.
Change or Correction Request Form
Initial Licensing Inspections: An onsite inspection is scheduled with the applicant after the Department has received a complete initial licensure application as required at 175 NAC 6-003.01A and 6-003.01B, and a written notification from the applicant with the date the applicant will be ready for the inspection. Unless the applicant requests a later date, the Department has 30 working days to conduct this initial onsite inspection after a complete application is received by the Department.
Prior to submitting an initial licensure application or requesting the initial onsite licensure inspection, the applicant should be ready to operate, but not operating. The CDHS Administrator and back-up Administrator must be prepared to demonstrate during the Department's onsite inspection how the CDHS will comply with the requirements at 175 NAC 6-006 and 6-007. Compliance is demonstrated through the use of CDHS-specific organizational charts, job descriptions, policies, procedures, forms, and similar items along with a physical inspection of the CDHS prior to the applicant being issued a license by the Department.
Compliance Inspections: Following initial licensure, the Department may conduct unannounced onsite inspections at any time the Department deems necessary to determine compliance with 175 NAC 6-006.
Inspection Results: See 175 NAC 6-005.05
DHHS Licensure UnitAttn: Children's Day Health ServicePO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.