Facilities previously licensed as Mental Health Centers or as Substance Abuse Treatment Centers are no longer licensed separately. As of July 19, 2018, these two types of licenses have merged into one, called Mental Health Substance Use Treatment Centers.
A Mental Health Substance Abuse Treatment Center provides shelter, food, counseling, supervision, diagnosis and treatment, and other assistance for individuals living at the facility for more than 24 consecutive hours. Individuals admitted to live at the facility have a mental illness, a substance use disorder, or both.
A facility may choose to provide services for mental illness disorders, for substance use disorders, or for both mental illness and substance use disorders.
DHHS no longer licenses Substance Abuse Treatment Centers that provide outpatient services. The facility may still provide treatment; however, no license is required. The license status in our online
License Lookup will say “closed."
The Mental Health Center regulations apply if the facility is providing service for mental illness (175 NAC 19). Substance Abuse Treatment Center regulations apply if the facility is providing services for substance use disorders (residential only) (175 NAC 18). Both regulations apply if providing both services.
To apply for a Mental Health Substance Use Treatment Center license, you must meet the requirements in the regulations for the services you are providing:
Contact the Licensure Unit for an initial license application. You will need to submit the completed application, required documentation listed in the regulations, and the licensing fee.
NOTE: The facility cannot operate until completion of an onsite inspection and the Licensure Unit has issued a license.
A change in facility location or ownership voids the license and requires a new license before providing services.
An approved provider may add a service via an application. An onsite inspection is required before the additional services can be provided.
If the facility provides services for:
To obtain a duplicate or reissued license, submit a request in writing or use the duplicate license form. There is a $10 fee for each duplicate license requested.
1. Initial and renewal licensing fees:
2. Refunds for denied applications:
Within five working days, notify the Licensure Unit in writing of a change in:
Also notify the Licensure Unit in writing at least 30 working days prior to the date of an increase or decrease in the number of licensed beds.
The unit should be notified of new construction or remodeling prior to start of work. See
The Licensure Unit inspects Mental Health Substance Use Treatment Centers before issuing a license and routinely after that to be sure the facility meets the requirements in the regulations.
DHHS Licensure UnitAttn: MHSUTC
PO Box 94669
Lincoln NE 68509-4669
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 3rd Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.