The Nebraska behavioral health system offers a full continuum of care for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Services are available throughout Nebraska and include crisis response, inpatient, residential and outpatient care. The goal is to help the person recover and build resiliency. Most programs accept insurance and Medicaid, and those without insurance may be eligible for Division of Behavioral Health funding. Nebraska services are trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically competent, and can treat people with complex needs. The Division works closely with Native American tribes and local service planning regions who contract with providers for an array of prevention, treatment and recovery supports.
Children and youth who experience behavioral health challenges are served by the System of Care, which brings together the juvenile justice system and the DHHS Divisions of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Children and Family Services and Behavioral Health to improve services for children and their families. Behavioral health services accept a variety of funding sources, and those without insurance may be eligible for Division of Behavioral Health funding. Services are available statewide, and focus on the specific needs of youth and their families.
Family Navigator and family peer support services provide system navigation, advocacy, mentoring, education, empowerment and assistance to families with a youth experiencing behavioral health challenges. A family can typically access these services within 72 hours, and they are provided by other parents/caregivers with similar experience. The Professional Partners Program (PPP) serves families of children with serious emotional challenges. PPP is a wraparound program that utilizes intensive, therapeutic service coordination, flexible funding and family-centered practices to improve youth functioning, decrease risk for out-of-home placement, and stabilize the family.
LB247, passed in 2020, establishes the Advanced Mental Health Directives Act to address illness-induced treatment reluctance. An Advance Mental Health Care Directive allows an individual to provide preferences and other meaningful instructions for mental health care/treatment. If an individual chooses to have an Advance Mental Health Care Directive, it allows the opportunity to outline instructions for mental health treatment when a person is in crisis or loses capacity to make their own mental health care decisions.
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