Nebraska Disaster Behavioral Health

Disaster behavioral health includes efforts to boost resilience and support the emotional or psychological health of Nebraskans following a disaster. This website is a repository for Nebraska’s disaster behavioral health resources (plans, materials for use during response and recovery, and workforce development activities).

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Essential De‑escalation Skills for Frontline Workers

Prepares frontline workers to de‑escalate situations involving emotionally‑charged individuals.

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Disaster Recovery

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Building Resilience

Assess and Increase your Resiliency

Check back regularly for updates.

Disaster Behavioral Health Resources

Communication Guides

Communication guides discuss how to deliver behavioral health messages related to disasters and other public health emergencies.

State Plan

The state plan provides a framework for organizing the behavioral health response to disasters in Nebraska. It includes a plan narrative and appendices.

News & Information

News and information provide relevant information to keep you up to date on multiple topics related to disaster behavioral health and disaster response.


Publications are stand alone documents by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center and others that provide relevant helpful information.

Psychological First Aid

This program teaches skills to provide support to others during a crisis.

Nebraska’s Psychological First Aid curriculum complements the PFA Field Operations Guide developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD). Nebraska’s curriculum is designed for non-licensed helpers and clinicians.

About Disaster Behavioral Health

The goal of Disaster Behavioral Health is to develop human infrastructure in Nebraska to effectively mitigate or respond to the psycho-social consequences of terrorism and disaster. The project aims to enhance state-level capacity for a coordinated response to mental health and substance abuse service needs in the event of an emergency or disaster.

The following groups collaborate with Nebraska’s Public Policy Center in this endeavor:

  • Community groups
  • Faith groups
  • Public and private entities
  • Key responders

Project Partners

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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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This website is part of a coordinated effort on behalf of the U.S. Federal Government and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, Division of Behavioral Health, and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. Funding was made possible [in part] by U3REP190555 from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The views expressed in written materials or publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or the State of Nebraska.