Children's Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

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Children and youth who experience behavioral health challenges are served in a variety of systems in Nebraska.  The System of Care 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 are available statewide. Some children/youth may receive services through their involvement with the child welfare system, and others may receive services funded through Medicaid or private insurance. The Division of Behavioral Health provides behavioral health treatment services to children, and families. Services funded by the Division and Regional Behavioral Health Authorities include:

  • Outpatient treatment is a therapeutic relationship between a behavioral health specialist and the consumer to bring about change in a person.  
  • Nebraska Family Helpline (888) 866-8660 provides assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to parents and caregivers with a youth experiencing behavioral health challenges. This service is provided by Boys Town. 
  • 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 through the Nebraska Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health.
  • 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 purposeful family-centered practices to increase youth functioning, decrease risk for out-of-home placement and/or multiple system involvement, and to stabilize the family environment. PPP is an evidence-based approach and has existed in Nebraska for over two decades with significant.  The service is provided directly by the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

Additional Information

Bernie Hascall, Youth Service Administrator
Division of Behavioral Health  
Phone Number
(402) 471-7790
Fax Number
(402) 471-7820
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026