Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Community and Rural Health Planning
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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a system of education, prevention and mitigation of the effects of exposure to an event that strains a person’s ability to function. 

The Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Program trains volunteer peers to provide crisis support for; law enforcement officers; firefighters; emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, and emergency management personnel; and dispatchers.
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Request a Debriefing

​Call:  (402) 479-4921

​The Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Program trains volunteer peers to provide crisis support for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, emergency management personnel, and dispatchers.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provides education, prevention, stress coping techniques and helps mitigate the effects of stress and negative emotional reactions that interfere with a person's ability to function due to an event or the repeated exposure to events.​

CISM Conference Information and Basic Training Schedule

When to call for a debriefing?

Whenever you have faced a situation that causes unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with your ability to function during or after the event.  Requests for a debriefing may come from anyone who is in law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, emergency management personnel, or dispatch may call for a debriefing.​

NEW Resource:  CrewCare Mobile App

What is CrewCare?

CrewCare is a FREE mobile app for first responders to understand stress triggers.  The goal of CrewCare is to provide mental health awareness on an individual's stress triggers and associated factors. CrewCare provides a confidential platform to help cope with traumatic events and the repeated stressors that first responders are subject too while assisting our communities in times of need.

Why is Crew Care important?

Provides for a self-assessment to help gauge:  First Responder's well-being and stress, provides overall mental health awareness, increase self-awareness of your stress triggers, provide resources to improve health and wellness, feedback to identify stressor insights that can inspire positive changes.

Are my answers confidential?

Yes! Information is collected as non-identifiable aggregate data and will not will not identify the users. The CISM Program does not have access to individual data.

Using the CrewCare App

Download the app in the Apple or Google Play Store and enter a department code of “CISM".  This code will help contribute to Nebraska specific crisis and support resources.

Take the self-assessment about life's stressors: daily mood, career, family, finances, sleep, mental health, physical health and more.

The more questions you answer will give you a better understanding of your triggers and provide resources for your health and wellness. ​

CISM Program Authorization

The CISM program provides immunity for CISM team members and provides for any information learned during a CISM session to be confidential and unable to be disclosed. The following authorizes the Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management program:

Become a CISM Peer Member

It is vital that first responders have access the mental health resources. Without it, first responders may run the risk of suicides, post-traumatic stress and leaving emergency response. First Responders need to know they are important and that someone cares enough to rescue them through their tough times. 

The CISM program is looking for dedicated volunteers to join our team. The process is simple:

  • First, enroll in a 16-hour CISM Group Intervention course taught by a certified ICISF certified trainer.
  • After successful completion of the course fill out and return an application and all the necessary documentation.
  • The final step is an interview with members of the statewide CISM team.

 Become part of this valuable team and resource for the wellbeing of Nebraska's first responders.

CISM Staff Contact I​nformation

Debbie Kuhn
CISM Program Manager
Phone Number
(402) 326-0173
Fax Number
(402) 742-1140
Mailing Address
Office of Emergency Health Systems
Attn: CISM Program
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509-5026