State and Community Resources

Answers 4 Families - In partnership with the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. When there is someone in your family with special needs, you may find yourself looking for answers. Answers4Families.org is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance.

APP and Metro Regional Resources for Answers4Familiess - Various school districts and agencies worked in collaboration with Answer4Families to create a community resources button on their website specifically for the Metro/Omaha area resource services.

The Arc of Nebraska - The Arc of Nebraska is committed to helping children and adults with disabilities secure the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.

Autism Action Partnership - Welcome to Autism Action Partnership! On the Autism Action Partnership website you can learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders, explore Autism Action Partnership's initiatives, and find a comprehensive resource center for families and professionals in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Autism Society of Nebraska - Autism Society of Nebraska: Supporting and Advocating for Individuals with Autism and Their Families

Boys Town National Hotline - Over the past 20 years, the Boys Town National HotlineSM (1-800-448-3000) has helped more than 8 million teens, parents and families. The Boys Town National HotlineSM is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services, representing more than 140 languages, are available, along with a TDD line (1-800-448-1833) that allows counselors to communicate with speech-impaired and deaf callers.

Children's Respite Care Center - Children’s Respite Care Center provides care to medically fragile, developmentally delayed, physically challenged and behaviorally disordered children through comprehensive day services, behavioral health and overnight weekend respite programs.

Easter Seals - Nebraska - Easter Seals Nebraska provides exceptional services to help ensure all people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work and play.

Enable Savings Plan - 1-844-ENABLE4 In December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law authorizing individuals with disabilities to open tax-exempt savings accounts to save for disability-related expenses without impacting eligibility for resource-based benefits. The Act permits individuals with disabilities to save more than a total of $2,000 in assets (cash, savings, etc.) in their name in a qualified ABLE account

Munroe Meyer Institute - The Munroe-Meyer Institute is a University Center of Excellence committed to unlocking the potential of children and adults with developmental disabilities and genetic disorders through exceptional patient care, education and research.

Nebraska DHHS: Division of Behavioral Health - The Division of Behavioral Health is the behavioral health authority for the state and directs the administration and coordination of the public behavioral health system to address prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The Division’s mission is to provide leadership and resources for systems of care that promote and facilitate resilience and recovery for Nebraskans.

Nebraska DHHS Developmental Disabilities - The Division of Developmental Disabilities provides funding and oversight for community-based services. The Division also operates Beatrice State Developmental Center, which provide direct services. If you, or someone you represent, receive services from the Division or you are interested in receiving services, please select the section for participants. The Division determines eligibility for Developmental Disabilities (DD) services, provides service coordination for eligible individuals, determines eligibility for DD Medicaid Waivers, and monitors and pays providers of home and community-based DD services.

Nebraska Family Helpline - The Nebraska Family Helpline at (888) 866-8660 makes it easier for families to obtain assistance by providing a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs. Identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers. The Helpline is supervised by licensed mental health professionals. Family Helpline operators also can connect eligible families to the Family Navigator Service. This service helps families move through Nebraska's child and family-care system more efficiently to get the assistance they need. Available within 24 to 72 hours after a Helpline referral, Family Navigator helps families identify existing community-based services and provides support from people who have had personal experience in the system.

Nebraska Statewide Respite Network - 1-866-RESPITE (1-866-737-7483) Families often feel high levels of emotional, physical and financial stress when they care for someone with special needs in the home. Because of the demands, many families do not have the occasional short term periods of rest and relief that are so important to everyone's health and family stability. By providing breaks to the family, respite services are a vital support to the ability of families to provide continued care in the home. Respite services provide temporary, short-term care for families in crisis, foster parents, care givers of adults and children with disabilities or special needs person with Alzheimer's, frail elderly, or families simply needing a break. Not only is respite a relief to families, it is often a relief to the service delivery system. By enabling the individual to remain in his/her own home, the need for out-of-home or institutional placement is reduced. The Nebraska Respite Network was created in 1999 with the passage of legislation and is currently being implemented by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The purpose of the Nebraska Respite Network is to establish a statewide system for the coordination of respite resources that serve the life span.

PTI Nebraska - The phone number is 402-346-0525. PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. The mission of PTI Nebraska is to provide training, information and support to parents in Nebraska who have a child birth through twenty six with special needs. Resources are provided for parents, other family members, school personnel and interested others.

Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare - Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare is responsible for planning, developing, funding, monitoring and evaluating of behavioral health services in the five county area of Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties in eastern Nebraska. This publicly funded behavioral health system includes mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services provided by a network of providers, supported by federal, state and county dollars.