Mental Health Commitment

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​​​​​It is the public policy of the state of Nebraska that mentally ill and dangerous persons be encouraged to obtain voluntary treatment as a part of their journey towards recovery. If voluntary treatment is not obtained, such persons may be subject to involuntary custody only after mental health commitment board proceedings. Involuntary commitment also disqualifies the individual from purchasing or possessing firearms pursuant to state law. Firearm disability is designed to protect and preserve the well-being of the individual and the community, but may be reinstated when the individual is again capable of self-care.

Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Boards

In Nebraska, there are twelve (12) judicial districts. All judicial districts contract with or have mental health commitment boards. Many judicial districts have more than one mental health commitment board to fulfill the intent of the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §71-915). This webpage supplies boards with forms necessary to fulfill the technical requirements of a commitment or release.

Training of mental health board members constitutes one of the tasks of the Division of Behavioral Health. The Nebraska Mental Health Board Reference Manual provides mental health board member training and serves as a convenient way to complete the required training. Upon completing review of this manual, prospective mental health board members shall complete the MHB Manual Affidavit of Completion and have the form notarized. Once notarized,  this is submitted to the Division of Behavioral Health per the instructions on the affidavit. These forms can be printed as separate pages or as one two-sided page, but both pages nust be submitted to the Division of Behavioral Health.

This affidavit shall serve as proof of the completion of this training, and is valid for four (4) years from the date on the affidavit. Every four (4) years, all mental health board members must reaffirm their required training. The Division of Behavioral Health will confirm receipt of the completed affidavit via a written letter.

* Synopsis of NRS Sec. 71-916: DHHS shall provide training to members/alternates. No person shall remain on a mental health board or be eligible for appointment unless he/she has attended and satisfactorily completed such training pursuant to rules and regulations adopted by DHHS.


Healthcare professionals, mental health boards, and peace officers can find approved forms for use in the commitment process below. These forms are provided in an effort to standardize the commitment process, and can be used by each board as they choose. 

The Process and Initial Proceeding

Mental health professionals certificate and recommendations:

Mental Health Board Documents:

The Process and Initial Proceeding- Sex Offender:

Reporting the Order of Commitment

Per requirement of Neb. Rev. Stat: 69-2409.01

Reporting the order of commitment is now electronic and available online. Court clerks who require access to the Electronic Reporting Commitment Application (ECRA) should contact the Division of Behavioral Health directly.

Once a clerk is registered with Enterprise Content Management Process, please send the user name to the Division of Behavioral Health e-mail at: The user name will be linked to ECRA. Once the link is established, a note will be sent back to the clerk to begin using ECRA.

Firearms - Removing Committed Persons from Restricted Use List- Granting Relief of Committed Persons Firearm Disability in Nebraska:

Persons committed by mental health boards can be granted relief of their firearm restrictions upon petition to boards of mental health. This relief is granted only by the mental health board having made the initial determination. It is the responsibility of the individual subject to the commitment to petition ALL boards to relieve firearm disability.  Individuals seeking relief can ask the Division of Behavioral Health what boards have commitments on their behalf using the Disclosure of Information Form.

Statute 69-2409.01 – Report: Number of Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Records Submitted to National Instant Criminal Background Check System:

Nebraska State Statute Section 69-2409.01 requires the Department of Health and Human Services and Nebraska State Patrol to report to the Legislature on Mental Health Commitment activities of the State. The report offers a summary of the number of records submitted, the disposition of those records and answers the questions from the Legislature expressed in LB 699 and codified in statute 69-2409.01 section (5). View the most recent Mental Health Report ​to NICS​.

 For more information, contact:  

​Division of Behavioral Health
Phone Number
(402) 471-7818
Fax Number
(402) 742-8314
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026