Guardian & Conservator Resources

Guardian & Conservator Resources

This webpage has been developed by the Office of the Public Guardian to provide a central place where guardians and conservators can find information for post-appointment aid. Please use the below tabs to navigate public and private organizations and resources that can help with your duties as a guardian and/or conservator.

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Aging & Adult
Aging & Adult

This section contains information and resources for the aging and adult population. Please scroll down for the following content:

  • Seniors and People with Disabilities
  • Aging and Adult Service Providers
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Fall Prevention
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Mediation
  • Legal Resources
  • Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More
  • Assistive Devices
  • Library
  • Find Services
  • Network of Care
  • Nebraska's Money Follows the Person Project
  • Home and Community Services Aged and Disabled Waiver

​For a list of financial resources pertaining to the aging and adult population, please see the above financial resources tab. 
 



Seniors and People with Disabilities


Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Nebraska
Local Area Agencies on Aging provide a comprehensive variety of services to, and advocate for, the needs of persons 60 and older, caregivers, and some “high risk” adults” residing in their areas. Area Agencies on Aging provide information and assistance and contract with a range of services providers—for example, in-home care, legal services, congregate and home-delivered meals, and transportation. There is no financial eligibility requirement for these services, but the services are targeted to those “in greatest social and economic need.”

Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA):
4223 Center Street, Omaha, NE 68105 
Phone: (402) 444-6444, (402) 721-7770 (Washington/Dodge Counties) – Will Accept Collect Calls.
Counties Served: Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington.
Web: http://www.enoa.org/

Lincoln Area Agency on Aging (LAAA): 
1001 O Street, Suite 101, Lincoln, NE 68508-3610 
Phone: (402) 441-7022 or (800) 247-0938
Counties Served: Butler, Fillmore, Lancaster, Polk, Saline, Saunders, Seward, York
Web: http://www.ci.lincoln.ne.us/city/mayor/aging/ 

Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging (NENAAA):  
P.O. Box 1447, 119 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, NE 68702-1447
Phone: (402) 370-3454 or (800) 672-8368
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne
Web: http://www.nenaaa.com/ 

South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging (SCNAAA):   
Suttle Plaza, 4623 2nd Ave., Suite 4, P.O. Box 3009, Kearney, NE 68848-3009
Phone: (308) 234-1851 or (800) 658-4320
Counties Served: Blaine, Buffalo, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Harlan, Kearney, Loup, Phelps, Sherman, Valley, Wheeler
Web: https://www.agingkearney.org/​

Midland Area Agency on Aging (MAAA):  
305 N. Hastings, Room 202, P.O. Box 905, Hastings, NE 68902 
Phone: (402) 463-4565 or (800) 955-9714
Counties Served: Adams, Clay, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nuckolls, Webster
Web: http://www.midlandareaagencyonaging.org/​ 

Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (BRAAA):
Gage County Courthouse, Room 24, Beatrice, NE 68310-2946
Phone: (402) 223-1352 or (800) 659-3978
Counties Served: Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Thayer 
Web: https://www.braaa.org/​

West Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging (WCNAAA):   
115 N Vine, North Platte, NE 69101-3902 
Phone: (308) 535-8195 or (800) 662-2961
Counties Served: Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow
Web: http://wcnaaa.com/​

Aging Office of Western Nebraska (AOWN):
Bluffs Business Center, 1517 Broadway, Suite 122, Scottsbluff, NE 69361-3184
Phone: (308) 635-0851 or (800) 682-5140
Counties Served: Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux
Web: http://www.aown.org/​

 



Aging and Adult Service Providers


Heartland Family Service
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service serves more than 35,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. More information can be found at http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/

League of Human Dignity
The League of Human Dignity is concerned with the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. They believe in emphasizing likeness not difference, ability not disability, normality not abnormality, and integration not segregation. The League of Human Dignity works with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality. Please see http://leagueofhumandignity.com/#2 for more information.

For more information on service providers, visit www.communityplatform.us/communityplatform/nam/map.

 



Veterans Benefits


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits, including disability, education and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loan guaranty, dependent and survivor benefits, medical treatment, prescription drugs, aid and attendance, life insurance, and burial benefits.

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 95083 Lincoln, NE 68509-5083
Phone: (402) 471-2458
Fax: (402) 742-1142
Email: ndva@nebraska.gov 
Website: https://veterans.nebraska.gov.

Summary description of VA benefits, with contact numbers:
http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0760-ARE.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/opa/newtova.asp
American Legion, 801-326-2380
Disabled American Veterans, 801-326-2375
Veterans of Foreign Wars, 801-326-2386

 



Fall Prevention


This section was developed in response escalating public health concerns around falls and fall-related injuries among older adults. It also was inspired by the challenges of providing easily accessible and useful information to the public and the County of San Diego Aging and Independence Services’ commitment to responding to the needs of the community and empowering individuals and the community to make safe and healthy living choices.

The goal of this section is to collect and make accessible existing best-practice information and local resources around fall prevention for those who could benefit most: older adults and persons with disabilities, their caregivers, physicians, and other health and social service providers.

Videos
"Don't Fall for It" (10 Minutes)
The short version provides a brief overview of the problem, common risk factors and simple steps anyone can take to lower their risk of falling.

"Don't Fall for It" (28 Minutes)
The long version describes the above information in more detail and highlights the personal stories of three elderly individuals.

Spanish version of "Don't Fall for It" (14 Minutes)
This version provides an overview of the problem, common risk factors and simple steps anyone can take to lower their risk of falling.

Other Resources
A Tool Kit to Prevent Senior Falls: Falls in Nursing Homes
A Tool Kit to Prevent Senior Falls: The Costs of Fall Injuries Among Older Adults
Check For Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults - pdf
Collection of Fall Prevention Checklists - pdf
Falls Prevention: Your Safety Checklist and Guide - pdf
How to Reduce Your Risk of Falling
Morse Fall Scale - pdf

National Institute on Aging Resources
Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
Exercise and Physical Activity Guide - PDF

Facts, General Information and Research
Falls Among Older Adults: Summary of Research Findings
Falls and Fractures
Falls and Hip Fractures Among Older Adults
Falls: General Information - pdf
Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons - pdf
Guidelines for Fall Prevention in Acute, Sub-acute and Residential Care Settings - pdf
Nursing Best Practice Guideline: Prevention of Fall and Injuries in the Older Adult - pdf
Preventing Falls and Related Fractures - pdf
Preventing Falls in the Elderly
Prevention of Falls
Tai Chi for Older People Reduces Falls, May Help Maintain Strength
Tai Chi May Combat Seniors' Fear of Falling
Why Do We Fall?

Although resources in this section have been selectively chosen, it is a work in progress and we recognize that not all available resources are included. Please contact us with comments, questions or suggestions for additional resources to help make this site as comprehensive and user-friendly as possible. For more information, please visit: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/fall-prevention/

 



Adult Protective Services


Adult Protective Services protects persons 65 and older, and vulnerable adults (anyone over the age of 18 who has a mental or physical impairment which substantially impairs the person’s ability to care for him or herself). Trained staff, working in cooperation with law enforcement, investigate cases of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial or sexual exploitation involving vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services workers assist victims and prevent further abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Adult Protective Services include:

  • Receiving reports of adult abuse, exploitation, neglect, or self-neglect
  • Investigating reports of adult abuse, exploitation, or neglect
  • Case planning, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Arranging for medical, social, economic, legal, housing, law enforcement or other protective, emergency, or supportive services

APS caseworkers are the first responders to reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Report abuse, neglect, or exploitation to Adult Protective Services

  • Within Nebraska, call: (402) 471-6035
  • Outside Nebraska, call: (800) 254-4202
  • Nebraska Elder Abuse/Neglect Hotline: (800) 652-1999

 



Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Wards & protected persons retain important rights even when they reside in a long term care facility. The long-term care ombudsman will advocate for residents (60 and older) of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and other adult care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents.

A guardian who has encountered problems with long-term care facilities may contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman at (402) -471-2307. Additional information can be found at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Aging/Pages/ltcombud.aspx 

 



Mediation


Mediation is the attempt to help parties in a disagreement to hear one another, to minimize the harm that can come from disagreement, to maximize any area of agreement, and to find a way of preventing the areas of disagreement from interfering with the process of seeking a compromise or mutually agreed outcome. While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.

Central Mediation Center:
204 East 25th Street, Suite 5 | P O Box 838 | Kearney, NE 68848-0838
800-203-3452 or 308-237-4692 | info@centralmediationcenter.com | www.centralmediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Merrick, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Concord Mediation Center:
4225 North 90th Street | Omaha, NE 68134 402-345-1131 | www.concord-center.com
Counties Served: Douglas and Sarpy

The Mediation Center:
Mill Towne Building | 610 J Street, Suite 100 | Lincoln, NE 68508 402-441-5740 | info@themediationcenter.org | www.themediationcenter.org
County Served: Lancaster

Mediation West (formerly Center for Conflict Resolution):
1721 Broadway, Suite 222 | Scottsbluff, NE 69361 800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002 | info@conflictresolutioncenter.com | www.mediationwest.org 
Counties Served: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Nebraska Mediation Center (formerly Nebraska Justice Center):
PO Box 1062 | Fremont, NE 68026-1062 | (402) 753-9415 or 800-774-0346 | nmc@nebraskamediationcenter.com | www.nebraskamediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, Wayne Tribes Served: Omaha, Winnebago, Northern Ponca, Santee Sioux

The Resolution Center:
2205 N 6th Street, Suite 11 | Beatrice, NE 68310 800-837-7826 or 402-223-6061 | trc@bvca.net | www.theresolutioncenter.org 
Counties Served: Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

 



Legal Resources


A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive legal services through legal aid or legal services programs. In addition, under the Older Americans Act, there are special programs of legal assistance for older people who are “in the greatest social and economic need.” For those not eligible for such legal programs, there are private lawyers who focus on assisting elders or individuals with disabilities. 

Nebraska Legal Aid Services
http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/ 
Legal Aid of Nebraska
209 S. 19th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102 
Phone: 402-348-1069
Legal Assistance: (877) 250-2016
Senior Help Line: (800) 662-1772

Nebraska Bar Association
www.nebar.com 
Customer service (800) 927-0117

Nebraska Free Legal Answers (NFLA)
NE.freelegalanswers.org 
​How NFLA works: To determine user eligibility, visit the above website and answer the series of screening questions. Qualified users must be Nebraska residents, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and cannot be in jail or prison. ​

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182 Phone: 703-942-5711* 
Fax: 703-563-9504
Email: naela@naela.org 
www.naela.org (click on “Find an Attorney”)

 



Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More


For information on prescription assistance, please visit: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/links/national.aspx?id=38

 



Assistive Devices


The following database lists more than 21,000 currently available products from more than 8,000 companies. The database also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. To find specific products for children or parents with disabilities, we recommend that you use the Advanced Search by Keyword below. Note: Many assistive devices are now covered by Medicaid or Medi-Cal. Please visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/assistive/index.aspx for a list of devices.

 



Library


The following website contains more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by leading organizations in the fields of healthy aging, caregiving, disabilities, Alzheimer’s and dementia, alternative treatments, Medicare, financial planning, and more. Visit the following website to view health topics by category, medications, medical tests, interactive tools, symptom checker, and many other resources. See http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/library/index.aspx to access the library.

 



Find Services


To search your area's comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more, please visit the following website: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/services/index.aspx

 



Network of Care


For additional resources and services relating to adults and aging, visit http://www.networkofcare.org/splash.aspx. Select a Network of Care on the left, select your state, then your region determined by your county of residence.

The websites found on the Network of Care are resources for individuals, families and agencies concerned with various issues. They provide information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with diverse issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.

 



Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person Project


Freedom to Choose
Are you, or a loved one, residing in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home or intermediate care facility (ICF/MR)?

  • Have you considered returning to your family home, an apartment, or a community-based small group home?
  • Would you prefer more independence and the freedom to make meaningful choices about your healthcare needs and daily activities?

Thousands of individuals across the country, through the efforts of Money Follows the Person and other programs, have successfully transitioned from an institutional setting to the community. Depending upon your specific needs – whether you are aged, have a physical or developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury – supportive services such as the following help people live successfully in community-based settings:

  • Home Care/Chore Services
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Nutrition Services Independence Skills Building
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Transportation (Non-medical and medical)
  • Assistive Technology and Home Modification
  • Home Again
  • Respite
  • Home Health
  • Habilitation Services
  • Team Behavioral Consultation
  • Child Day Services

Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person project can provide you with information about these supportive services and direct you to the appropriate waiver agency which will help you determine your level of needs and the services you may require. Certain eligibility requirements do apply, but the program provides outreach, education, and referral information to all those who are interested in community-based services.

If you, a loved one, or a friend prefer a community-based setting as an alternative to a facility-based setting, call Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person.

Contact Us:
Phone Number:
1-800-358-8802 Ext. 2308 or 1-402-471-2308
Website:
www.dhhs.ne.gov/moneyfollowstheperson
Mailing Address:
Nebraska Money Follows the Person
Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

 



Home and Community Services Aged and Disabled Waiver


What is the Aged & Disabled Waiver?
This is a program that offers an array of services to support people in their homes.

Who may need this program?

Individuals of all ages who:

  • Are eligible for Medicaid and have needs at nursing facility level of care
  • Want to live at home rather than a nursing facility
  • Can be served safely at home

What services may be available through the Aged & Disabled Waiver?
Some of the funded services include:

What is done to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals served by this program?
The Nebraska Medicaid & Long Term Care Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Unit utilizes a Quality Improvement System to ensure the health and well-being of clients through continuous, client-focused monitoring and improvement.

  • The Quality Improvement System is guided by key principles and defined roles and functions.
  • A Quality Council advises the HCBS Waivers Unit on strategies to improve all aspects of the Quality Improvement System and reviews progress on strategies.
  • A HCBS Waiver Unit Quality Improvement Subcommittee composed of DHHS staff, representatives from Local Level Services Coordination Agencies and representatives from the Quality Council, reviews Waiver performance measure data and makes recommendations for changes that may lead to systemic improvement in the quality of services, as well as recommendations related to remediation efforts.
  • Processes are used to measure compliance, CMS assurances, client outcomes and utilization.

Contact someone who can answer your questions about the services in the Aged & Disabled Waiver about:

What does it mean for me to “be eligible for the waiver”?
To be eligible, you must:

  • Be financially eligible for Medicaid.
  • Have physical and health needs which require services similar to those provided by a nursing facility (see the next question also).
  • Have an individualized plan of services and supports that will keep you safe in your home.

OK, so what does it mean for me to “meet nursing facility level of care”?
Nursing facility level of care means you have needs which require you to receive services similar to those provided to individuals who live in a nursing home. For example, you may need assistance with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, taking a bath or shower, eating, or walking safely. A few examples of other areas considered are how much help you need to take medications, any memory problems or health conditions you may have and how they are managed. Persons who apply for Medicaid Waiver are assessed to see if their needs are the same as those of people who live in a nursing home.

I earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but my child has a physical disability and we could really use the services of the waiver. Can you help?
There is an exception so that parent’s income is not counted for children served by the waiver. Contact your local DHHS office to begin the Medicaid application process, and be sure to say you want your child assessed to determine if he qualifies for the waiver.

How many hours in the day can I have help?
Each person’s needs are different; there is not a set number of hours of assistance per day from the waiver. You and your Services Coordinator will work together on a plan of services that will meet your needs and keep you safe at home.

I am an adult living in my own apartment. If I qualify for the waiver, who will I get to help me in my home? Who comes in to clean and do laundry? Who comes and helps me while I take a bath?
First, an assessment is completed to determine what kind of help you need to stay safely in your home. Next, staff from the waiver program will be able to connect you with a choice of providers to help you in your home. You choose who provides services for you and when they work for you. Some providers are agencies. Other providers are self-employed and do not work for an agency. If you know someone that you want to work for you as your provider, refer the person to the waiver staff.

Child & Family
Child & Family

This section contains information to help families care for themselves and information to give children the opportunity to succeed as adults. Please scroll down to find the following resources:

  • Children's Behavioral Health System
  • Child and Family Service Providers
  • Mediation
  • Legal Resources
  • Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More
  • Assistive Devices
  • Library
  • Find Services
  • Network of Care

​​For a list of financial resources pertaining to children and families, please see the above financial resources tab. 



Children’s Behavioral Health System


Raising kids can be hard, but finding help doesn’t have to be.
Click the links below to learn more about two Nebraska services for families with children experiencing behavioral health challenges.

Family Navigator/Family Peer Support Services
http://youtu.be/-TALO5_hbpM

Nebraska Family Helpline
http://youtu.be/NYDVcvc5RCQ

Nebraska Family Helpline - 1-888-866-8660
This new service is available 24/7/365, providing assistance to families with a youth experiencing behavioral health challenges.  Some families may be referred on to receive further assistance from a Family Navigator.  These new services were authorized in 2009 by the Children and Family Behavioral Health Support Act of LB603.

In 2009, The Children and Family Behavioral Health Support Act provided funding for three new services and the evaluation of such services. A contract was awarded to Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc. for the Evaluation Services of those three new services.

Materials for Parents:

Nebraska has made great efforts in the past years to improve services to children and families. These successes include new plans at both the service and system levels. The Division of Behavioral Health funds outpatient treatment. It also continues to fund and expand middle intensity services including day treatment, respite care and school-based wraparound.

The Department also funds wraparound for children with serious emotional problems and their families through the Professional Partner Program. The purpose of the Program is to improve the lives of Nebraska’s children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. This would be done by preventing expensive out-of-home placements, reducing juvenile crime, increasing school performance and attendance, and preventing children from becoming state wards just to get services.

Family Networks
Another component of the service array system in the community is the family support organizations in each of the six behavioral health regions. Two offices offered a proposal to solicit bids for a new support activity called "Families Mentoring & Supporting Other Families," a joint initiative to request proposals from qualified sources to provide:

  • Strength-based, family centered, and partnership oriented supports to:
    • Parents whose children are diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance and substance dependence disorders.
    • Parents across the State of Nebraska whose children have been made state wards, or are in a voluntary case, or
    • Parent who are involved with the department as a result of a report of abuse/neglect, or
  • The intent is to ensure that parents have a voice, ownership and access to the systems of care for their child (i.e. case plans, individual educational plans, treatment plans and any other care plan).

The Department sought organizations interested in working with the State to build support services to families that will focus on giving parents an understanding of wraparound services through peer role modeling and coaching. The philosophy of wraparound includes individualized services that are developed through professionals and parents in partnership where both are serving important roles in service delivery. Services are tailored to meet the individualized needs of the child and family and based upon strength-based assessments.

Early Childhood Mental Health A Governor’s Symposium on Early Childhood Mental Health was held in May 2001. At this two day meeting, family members, providers and policy makers laid out the challenge for a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of care to meet the mental health needs of our youngest children. The Early Child Mental Health Work Group has been developing an action plan to develop a system that is child focused and family centered, culturally responsive, community based and committed to continuous improvement.

For more information contact:
Susan Adams
Network Operations Team Manager
Division of Behavioral Health
PO Box 95026
Lincoln NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-7820

 



Child and Family Service Providers


Arc of Nebraska
The Arc of Nebraska advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with their network of members and affiliated chapters, they improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy. For more information, see https://www.arc-nebraska.org/

​CEDARS Youth Services
CEDARS' mission is to help children achieve safety, stability, and enduring family relationships. For a list of the services CEDARS provides, please see https://www.cedars-kids.org/​.

CenterPointe
Grounded by the solid belief that every person has the ability to recover, CenterPointe makes pivotal treatment available for people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Meeting people where they are and supporting them to gain control of their lives is what CenterPointe aims to do. By treating the whole person, mental health and addiction can be addressed together in real-time. CenterPointe offers a full continuum of care - treatment, rehabilitation, and housing - for homeless and low-income individuals. For more information on CenterPointe, see http://www.centerpointe.org/.

Community Action
Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) is the state association for Nebraska’s nine Community Action Agencies and provides a voice for those Agencies and the people they serve. Community Action of Nebraska’s mission is to alleviate poverty by enhancing program development, providing technical assistance, and advocating public policy to support all Community Action Agencies in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska provide services and programs designed to meet the local needs of the communities they serve. For more information and a list of services offered, please see https://canhelp.org/who-we-are/.

Heartland Family Service
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service serves more than 35,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. More information can be found at http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/.

League of Human Dignity
The League of Human Dignity is concerned with the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. They believe in emphasizing likeness not difference, ability not disability, normality not abnormality, and integration not segregation. The League of Human Dignity works with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality. Please see http://leagueofhumandignity.com/#2 for more information.

Nebraska Children's Home Society
Nebraska Children’s Home Society is focused on educating children and families, facilitating adoption, supporting foster parents and children, and walking beside families through every need and stage. For more information, please see https://www.nchs.org/.

Youth Care and Beyond
Youth Care and Beyond supports children, individuals and families in the Omaha community. They specialize services to include individuals who have suffered trauma, have learning or intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. Youth Care and Beyond offers specific programs (and residential services if needed) for teens 9-19 and their families in the juvenile justice – child welfare system. They provide in home assistance (and apartment style living services if needed) for children and adults with Autism, Asperger's, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. For further information, see https://www.youthcareandbeyond.org/.

To find additional service providers, see www.communityplatform.us/communityplatform/nam/map.

 



Mediation


Mediation is the attempt to help parties in a disagreement to hear one another, to minimize the harm that can come from disagreement, to maximize any area of agreement, and to find a way of preventing the areas of disagreement from interfering with the process of seeking a compromise or mutually agreed outcome. While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.

Central Mediation Center:
204 East 25th Street, Suite 5 | P O Box 838 | Kearney, NE 68848-0838
800-203-3452 or 308-237-4692 | info@centralmediationcenter.com | www.centralmediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Merrick, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Concord Mediation Center:
4225 North 90th Street | Omaha, NE 68134 402-345-1131 | www.concord-center.com
Counties Served: Douglas and Sarpy

The Mediation Center:
Mill Towne Building | 610 J Street, Suite 100 | Lincoln, NE 68508 402-441-5740 | info@themediationcenter.org | www.themediationcenter.org
County Served: Lancaster

Mediation West (formerly Center for Conflict Resolution):
1721 Broadway, Suite 222 | Scottsbluff, NE 69361 800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002 | info@conflictresolutioncenter.com | www.mediationwest.org 
Counties Served: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Nebraska Mediation Center (formerly Nebraska Justice Center):
PO Box 1062 | Fremont, NE 68026-1062 | (402) 753-9415 or 800-774-0346 | nmc@nebraskamediationcenter.com | www.nebraskamediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, Wayne Tribes Served: Omaha, Winnebago, Northern Ponca, Santee Sioux

The Resolution Center:
2205 N 6th Street, Suite 11 | Beatrice, NE 68310 800-837-7826 or 402-223-6061 | trc@bvca.net | www.theresolutioncenter.org 
Counties Served: Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

 



Legal Resources


A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive legal services through legal aid or legal services programs. In addition, under the Older Americans Act, there are special programs of legal assistance for older people who are “in the greatest social and economic need.” For those not eligible for such legal programs, there are private lawyers who focus on assisting elders or individuals with disabilities. 

Nebraska Legal Aid Services
http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/ 
Legal Aid of Nebraska
209 S. 19th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102 
Phone: 402-348-1069
Legal Assistance: (877) 250-2016
Senior Help Line: (800) 662-1772

Nebraska Bar Association
www.nebar.com 
Customer service (800) 927-0117

Nebraska Free Legal Answers (NFLA)
NE.freelegalanswers.org 
​How NFLA works: To determine user eligibility, visit the above website and answer the series of screening questions. Qualified users must be Nebraska residents, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and cannot be in jail or prison. 

 



Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More


AARP Pharmacy Services
Provides information on discounted drugs and services for AARP members. Site includes information and applications for MembeRx Choice discount program and Prescription Savings Service, which save an average 19 percent on most pharmacy drugs.

Advanced Diabetes Supply
Provides diabetes testing supplies nationwide, along with help, guidance and resources for clients. Offers home delivery anywhere in the country.

BenefitsCheckUp.org
Fill out online questionnaires in minutes to find programs for people age 55 and older that may pay some costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities and more.

Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs
Maintains a searchable database of dozens of pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Search by Member Company, program name, drug name, or drug and program.

DoctorSolve.com
Licensed Canadian pharmacists fill prescriptions written by U.S. physicians. Costs substantially less than U.S. pharmacies.

Drug Assistant
A software system used by hospitals, clinics and patient advocates to access discount medications for their indigent patients.

DrugAlert.org
A comprehensive database that provides information, news alerts, drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Drugstore.com
Offers prescription drugs at up to 30 percent savings on medicines not covered by your insurance.

DrugWatch.com
A comprehensive resource featuring information on various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and those currently available or previously distributed worldwide. Site is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical companies or drug manufacturers.

IndiCare
Automated, online tool for physicians and healthcare providers to obtain free prescription drugs for indigent patients.

Liberty Medical
The nation's leading direct-to-consumer Medicare provider of diabetes testing supplies and diabetes management products. Also provides direct-to-home delivery of liquid respiratory medications and supplies and other prescription medications.

LillyAnswers
Low-income Medicare enrollees pay $12 for a 30-day supply of any Eli Lilly prescription drug dispensed at a pharmacy, including Evista, Humulin, Humalog, Prozac, Sarafem and Zyprexa. Save an average of $600 a year per medication for chronic conditions.

MedData Services Prescription Assistance Program
Program provides doctors and patients with information needed to apply for free medications.

Medicare: Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
Offers information on public and private programs that provide discounted or free medication, as well as Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage. Search for information by geographic area.

Medicine Program
A volunteer organization dedicated to helping people find patient assistance programs.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Rx Program
A free Prescription Discount Program. This program will save you an average of 24% off the retail price of prescription medications and can be used at 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website to enroll or call 1-877-321-2651

Needymeds.com
Provides information about patient assistance programs, searchable by particular drugs or by individual programs. Also offers Pharmaceutical Discount Card Comparison, applications to some programs, and more.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Brings together the nation's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. PAP offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Pfizer Helpful Answers
A comprehensive savings program for people without prescription drug coverage. Can help you find a prescription savings program that is right for you.

PharmacyChecker
Compares prescription drug prices for more than 1,000 medications. Also provides pharmacy ratings and shipping fees so you can compare total costs.

Planet Drugs Direct
Fully accredited Canadian pharmacy and international pharmacies fill prescriptions and provide other medications at substantial discounts.

RxHope.com
Helps physicians and patient advocates obtain, apply for or track requests for no-cost medications for patients who are unable to afford them and do not have access to prescription insurance or government-funded programs. Consumers can find information about prescription assistance programs, drugs, and pharmaceutical companies’ products and services.

Together Rx.com
Eligible Medicare enrollees can have free memberships to this prescription savings program, which provides up to 40 percent savings on more than 150 medicines, including Augmentin, Avandia, Beconase, Coumadin, Diovan, Flexeril, Flonase, Glucophage, Glucovance, Haldol, Imitrex, Lescol, Nexium, Prilosec, Relafen, Retrovir, Serevent, Zofran and Zomig.

Universal Drugstore
Pharmacy is located in central Canada and is regulated closely by Health Canada and provincial pharmacy regulators. All partner pharmacies are duly licensed by a qualified government regulatory body where they operate. Prescriptions will only be filled in a reputable licensed facility.

We Care Medical Mall
Helps its customers obtain free medications. Program charges a one-time processing fee for each medication.

Wellpartner
A mail service pharmacy that provides WellpartnerPLUS discount prices that can save uninsured customers up to 20% or more on prescriptions. Wellpartner serves uninsured individual customers, members of health plans, nonprofit hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and other customers. The WellpartnerPLUS program is open to everyone in the U.S. without prescription drug coverage, regardless of age or income, and there are no annual or monthly fees or discount cards.

For more information on RX assistance, please visit: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/links/national.aspx?id=38

 



Assistive Devices


The following database lists more than 21,000 currently available products from more than 8,000 companies. The database also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. To find specific products for children or parents with disabilities, we recommend that you use the Advanced Search by Keyword below. Note: Many assistive devices are now covered by Medicaid or Medi-Cal. Please visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/assistive/index.aspx for a list of devices.

 



Library


The following website contains more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by leading organizations in the fields of healthy aging, caregiving, disabilities, Alzheimer’s and dementia, alternative treatments, Medicare, financial planning, and more. Visit the following website to view health topics by category, medications, medical tests, interactive tools, symptom checker, and many other resources. See http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/library/index.aspx to access the library.

 



Find Services


To search your area's comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more, please visit the following website: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/services/index.aspx.

 



Network of Care


For additional resources and services relating to disability services, visit http://www.networkofcare.org/splash.aspx. Select a Network of Care on the left, select your state, then your region determined by your county of residence.

The websites found on the Network of Care are resources for individuals, families and agencies concerned with various issues. They provide information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with diverse issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.

Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities

This section is the hub for people interested in or receiving Developmental Disability services, their legal representatives, and their families. Please scroll down to access these resources:

  • Developmental Disabilities: Participant and Family Page
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Mediation
  • Legal Resources
  • Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More
  • Assistive Devices
  • Library
  • Find Services
  • Network of Care
  • Nebraska's Money Follows the Person Project
  • Home and Community Services Aged and Disabled Waiver

For a list of financial resources pertaining to developmental disabilities, please see the above financial resources tab. 
 



Developmental Disabilities: Participant and Family Page


General Information 
HCBS Waivers Available for People with Developmental Disabilities - A quick look at the Medicaid HCBS waivers that are available and may be appropriate for persons with Developmental Disabilities.  En Español aquí.

Nebraska Homestead Exemption - A person who is eligible for DD services can receive property tax relief when they own a home. Information from the NE Department of Revenue. If you have questions, call 402-453-8167.

 Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network - Describes Nebraska's respite provider structure, basic information about responsibilities, family caregiver support, and instructions for accessing the orientation.

Participant Guide for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS Waivers - What to expect when you choose to receive services from a Medicaid HCBS waiver. online view  printable (print two-sided) en Español

Participant Guide for Self-Direction - How to work with independent providers.  

What are DD Services?

  • DD Services focus on helping eligible participants live the most independent lives possible. Goals are identified and habilitation is developed to teach participants skills to be employed, live where they want, and access their community. 
  • DD provides funding and oversight of community-based providers.
  • The Division does not provide cash payments or payments for room and board.

What do I Need to Know About Medicaid?  - Information about Medicaid. En Español aqui.

How do I apply for DD services?
Please see our eligibility page.

Wait List
Being eligible does not mean you will receive funding for services right away. DD services are not an entitlement. There is not currently enough funds available for all requests. Once eligible, you will be placed on the wait list by your date of application.

Services will be offered when funding becomes available. Funding is usually offered based on your date of application. You are eligible to receive Service Coordination services while you are on the wait list.

You may be on the registry for a DD waiver while receiving services from a different Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) Waiver, such as the Aged and Disabled (AD) Waiver.

Level of Care
Your participation is based on your level of care. A state worker will complete an assessment.

Objective Assessment Process (OAP)
A second assessment, the ICAP, is completed to determine your Individual Budget Amount (IBA). You can use this amount to purchase services.  Learn about the process used in the DD Services Assessment & Budgeting Brochure.  En Español aquí.

Planning Services
Your service coordinator helps plan your services. Planning occurs at scheduled meetings.    

Individual Support Plan (ISP) Team

You decide who is on your ISP team. It must include you, your coordinator, and any DD providers you get services from. If you have a guardian, he or she is also on the team. You can invite other family, friends, or organizations who support you.

Individual Support Plan (ISP) Meeting
This meeting is with your ISP team. There are at least two meetings each year. Your "annual ISP" is the main planning meeting. Other meetings discuss your progress toward your goals. If your services and supports are not meeting your needs, any team member can call your coordinator to request a meeting at any time.

Before your annual ISP meeting, your coordinator will talk with you about your needs and what types of services and supports can help you meet your goals.

DHHS Resources
Application for DD services

ACCESSNebraska - One stop for applying for DHHS services in Nebraska. 

Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (Network of Care) (844-843-6364) - Helps aging Nebraskans and Nebraskans with disabilities improve and better coordinate long-term care services where they live.

Applying for DD Services - Instructions on how to complete the DD application on ACCESSNebraska.

Available Services for Teens & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - Booklet explaining the transition from school services to adult services. Includes information from the Department of Education, Nebraska VR, and the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Online view  printable (print two-sided) en Español (print two-sided)

DD Agency Provider Directory - Directory of Agency Providers of DD services.

DD Provider Handbook  (en Español) - An overview for DD providers, including serving participants, what is expected, and how to bill for services.

DD Provider ISP Guide - What to expect and how to prepare for a participant's meeting.

DD Service Directory  (en Español) - Full service descriptions including definitions, limits, frequency, duration, provider types, and provider qualifications for DD services under the HCBS Waivers.

DD Services Assessment & Budgeting Brochure  (en Español) - Learn about the process used to assess needs and decide budgets for purchasing DD services.

DD Services Eligibility Brochure  (en Español) - Learn eligibility requirements and what you need to know to apply!

DD Services: Funding to Transition from Educational Services  (en Español)  - Explains funding priority for eligible persons and what this means for graduates.

DD Staff Directory and Office Locations with Service Coordination - Who to contact and offices near you.

Down Syndrome Information - Website, maintained by DHHS Public Health, which offers information to people with Down Syndrome, as well as those who love them.  

FAQs: Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation - Answers about services offered by DD and VR.

Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network - Describes Nebraska's respite provider infrastructure, basic information about responsibilities, family caregiver support, and instructions for accessing the FREE orientation. More information about Lifespan Respite can be found on their website.

Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities (402-471-2330) - Advocates for and represents people with developmental disabilities within government. 

Ombudsman's Office - Contact the Ombudsman Program to discuss or seek assistance in resolving a problem, concern, or complaint impacting one or more residents of a long-term care facility. 

Participant Handbook for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS Waivers - Explains what to expect when you choose to receive services from a Medicaid HCBS waiver. Online view printable (print two-sided) en Español

Participant Guide for Self-Direction  (en Español) - How to work with independent providers. 

Providers of Waiver Services   (en Español) - The different types of providers for DD-funded waiver services.

Ready, Set, Go!  (en Español) - Materials and resources to assist young adults with DD to make decisions about supports as they move from high school to adult life. Funding for this project came from the Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Services Quick Guide for Nebraska Medicaid HCBS DD Waivers - Overview of DD services under HCBS Waivers. online view printable (print two-sided) en Español

Tangible Services  (en Español) - How to use Assistive Technology, PERS, and Home and Vehicle Modifications.

Transitioning from High School - Explains the process of leaving the educational system entering adult services.

What do I Need to Know About Medicaid? (en Español) - What applicants and participants need to know about Medicaid.

Nebraska Resources:
Aging and Disabilities Resource Center - Resource for aging Nebraskans and Nebraskans with disabilities to improve and better coordinate long-term care services locally.

Answers4Families - Provides information, dialogue, education, and support to Nebraskans with special needs by providing Internet resources.

The Arc of Nebraska (402-475-4407) - Provides advocacy to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.   

​​​ATP (Assistive Technology Partnership) (888-806-6287) - The Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) is dedicated to helping Nebraskans with disabilities, their families, and professionals obtain assistive technology devices and services.

​​Autism Society of Nebraska - Support Network of people who are working to advocate, educate, and support.

Department of Education - Nebraska Department of Education information specific to Special Education.

Disability Rights Nebraska (800-422-6691) - Working for dignity, equality, and empowerment of all people with disabilities.

Down Syndrome Alliance of the Heartlands (402-991-1800) - Committed to connecting those touched by Down syndrome through education, advocacy, and support. Non-profit agency based in Omaha. Consists of parents, advocates, educators, and medical professionals.

Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska (402-421-1399) - Support group, which provides family networking and new parent support for families with children who are diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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

First National Bank (402-602-7204) - Provides tax-free accounts (Enable) for people with disabilities.

Hotline for Disability Services (800-742-7594) - Toll-free hotline operated by the Nebraska Department of Education. Provides information about rehabilitation services, transportation, special parking permits, and legal rights. Helps find resources for children and parents.

Independent Living Council (402-438-7979) - Promotes independent living and advocates change to promote independence, inclusion, non-discrimination, and dignity for all people with disabilities in Nebraska. Work for self-determination, equal opportunities, and self-respect. 

League of Human Dignity - A consumer-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote the full integration of people with disabilities. Advocates for needs and rights while providing quality services to help people be independent citizens.

Munroe-Meyer Institute (800-656-3937) - Federally designated University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Specializes in providing services and support for persons with intellectual, developmental and/or genetic disorders.

Nebraska 211 (211) - Information and referral website hosted by United Way of the Midlands.

Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network - Committed to providing up-to-date information and training based on current research about autism spectrum disorders. Associated with UNL.

Nebraska Family Support Network (402-345-0791) - Empowers children and families affected by mental, emotional, or behavioral health issues through peer mentoring, education, and advocacy.

Nebraska Legislature - Official site of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature. Includes information about the current session.

Nebraska Resource and Referral System - Statewide database created with input from Nebraska families, service providers and organizations. 

Nebraska VR - Helps people with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs. Helps businesses recruit, train, and retain employees with disabilities.

OMNI Behavioral Health Training - Joint training initiative with DDD to offer training related to topics of interest and importance to the field of developmental disabilities.

People First of Nebraska (308-530-9209 or 402-559-4892) - State-wide self-advocacy organization run for and by people with disabilities. 

PTI Nebraska (800-284-8520) - Statewide resource for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs. Empowers parents and provides the knowledge to improve education and healthcare outcomes for children. A funding coordinator and housing resource specialist are available.

Special Olympics Nebraska - Non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.

Ticket to Work - Source of information for people with disabilities who want to explore competitive employment.

United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska - Educates, advocates, and provides support services through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people of all ages with a broad range of disabilities and their families. 

National Resources
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) - Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) - Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) - Works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by acting as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) - Index of US Government Agencies.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - Federal agency responsible for the national administration of Medicare and Medicaid.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) - Central resource of information and poducts to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs).

Disability.gov - US federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.

Disability Nondiscrimination Law Advisor - US Department of Labor website to help employers determine which Federal disability nondiscrimination laws apply to their business or organization. Also helps recipients of Federal financial assistance understand their responsibilities under these laws.

Dyslexia & Dysgraphia Tips - Study tips for college students with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Includes additional resources as well.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities - Provides assistance to local DD Counsels. Support programs that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities. 

National Association of Medical Directors - Bipartisan, nonprofit, professional organization representing leaders of state Medicaid agencies across the country. 

National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services - Promotes and assists state agencies in developing effective, efficient service delivery systems that furnish high-quality supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

National Council on Disability - Independent federal agency which advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

Quality Mall - Free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Includes positive practices that help people live, work and participate in communities and improve the quality of supports.

Social Security Online - Official Social Security Website.

Social Security Online: The Red Book - Summary guide to employment supports for persons with disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy - Educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

 



Disability Services Providers


Arc of Nebraska
The Arc of Nebraska advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with their network of members and affiliated chapters, they improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy. For more information, see https://www.arc-nebraska.org/

Brain Injury Alliance
The BIA-NE is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries. Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury. The BIA-NE provides the resources to help give people with brain injuries a chance to rebuild their lives, to restore purposeful living, and to rebuild hope and optimism. More information can be found at http://biane.org/

Community Action
Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) is the state association for Nebraska’s nine Community Action Agencies and provides a voice for those Agencies and the people they serve. Community Action of Nebraska’s mission is to alleviate poverty by enhancing program development, providing technical assistance, and advocating public policy to support all Community Action Agencies in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska provide services and programs designed to meet the local needs of the communities they serve. For more information and a list of services offered, please see https://canhelp.org/who-we-are/

Domesti-PUPS
Domesti-PUPS provides therapy dogs, service dogs for persons with disabilities, and trained rescue dogs. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with special needs through the assistance of animals, and to promote awareness through education. More information on Domesti-PUPS, visit http://www.domesti-pups.org​. 

Heartland Family Service
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service serves more than 35,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. More information can be found at http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/

League of Human Dignity
The League of Human Dignity is concerned with the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. They believe in emphasizing likeness not difference, ability not disability, normality not abnormality, and integration not segregation. The League of Human Dignity works with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality. Please see http://leagueofhumandignity.com/#2 for more information.

Youth Care and Beyond
Youth Care and Beyond supports children, individuals and families in the Omaha community. They specialize services to include individuals who have suffered trauma, have learning or intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. Youth Care and Beyond offers specific programs (and residential services if needed) for teens 9-19 and their families in the juvenile justice – child welfare system. They provide in home assistance (and apartment style living services if needed) for children and adults with Autism, Asperger's, Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. For further information, see https://www.youthcareandbeyond.org/

To find additional non-profit service providers, see www.communityplatform.us/communityplatform/nam/map

 



Adult Protective Services


Adult Protective Services protects persons 65 and older, and vulnerable adults (anyone over the age of 18 who has a mental or physical impairment which substantially impairs the person’s ability to care for him or herself). Trained staff, working in cooperation with law enforcement, investigate cases of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial or sexual exploitation involving vulnerable adults. Adult Protective Services workers assist victims and prevent further abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Adult Protective Services include:

  • Receiving reports of adult abuse, exploitation, neglect, or self-neglect
  • Investigating reports of adult abuse, exploitation, or neglect
  • Case planning, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Arranging for medical, social, economic, legal, housing, law enforcement or other protective, emergency, or supportive services

APS caseworkers are the first responders to reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Report abuse, neglect, or exploitation to Adult Protective Services. To contact APS, please see below.

  • Within Nebraska, call: (402) 471-6035
  • Outside Nebraska, call: (800) 254-4202
  • Nebraska Elder Abuse/Neglect Hotline: (800) 652-1999

 



Long-Term Care Ombudsman


Wards & protected persons retain important rights even when they reside in a long term care facility. The long-term care ombudsman will advocate for residents (60 and older) of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, and other adult care facilities. They work to resolve problems of individual residents.

A guardian who has encountered problems with long-term care facilities may contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman at (402) -471-2307. Additional information can be found at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/medicaid/Aging/Pages/ltcombud.aspx 

 



Veterans Benefits


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits, including disability, education and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loan guaranty, dependent and survivor benefits, medical treatment, prescription drugs, aid and attendance, life insurance, and burial benefits.

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 95083 Lincoln, NE 68509-5083
Phone: (402) 471-2458
Fax: (402) 742-1142
Email: ndva@nebraska.gov 
Website: https://veterans.nebraska.gov.

Summary description of VA benefits, with contact numbers:
http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0760-ARE.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/opa/newtova.asp
American Legion, 801-326-2380
Disabled American Veterans, 801-326-2375
Veterans of Foreign Wars, 801-326-2386

 



Mediation


Mediation is the attempt to help parties in a disagreement to hear one another, to minimize the harm that can come from disagreement, to maximize any area of agreement, and to find a way of preventing the areas of disagreement from interfering with the process of seeking a compromise or mutually agreed outcome. While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.

Central Mediation Center:
204 East 25th Street, Suite 5 | P O Box 838 | Kearney, NE 68848-0838
800-203-3452 or 308-237-4692 | info@centralmediationcenter.com | www.centralmediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Merrick, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Concord Mediation Center:
4225 North 90th Street | Omaha, NE 68134 402-345-1131 | www.concord-center.com
Counties Served: Douglas and Sarpy

The Mediation Center:
Mill Towne Building | 610 J Street, Suite 100 | Lincoln, NE 68508 402-441-5740 | info@themediationcenter.org | www.themediationcenter.org
County Served: Lancaster

Mediation West (formerly Center for Conflict Resolution):
1721 Broadway, Suite 222 | Scottsbluff, NE 69361 800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002 | info@conflictresolutioncenter.com | www.mediationwest.org 
Counties Served: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Nebraska Mediation Center (formerly Nebraska Justice Center):
PO Box 1062 | Fremont, NE 68026-1062 | (402) 753-9415 or 800-774-0346 | nmc@nebraskamediationcenter.com | www.nebraskamediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, Wayne Tribes Served: Omaha, Winnebago, Northern Ponca, Santee Sioux

The Resolution Center:
2205 N 6th Street, Suite 11 | Beatrice, NE 68310 800-837-7826 or 402-223-6061 | trc@bvca.net | www.theresolutioncenter.org 
Counties Served: Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

 



Legal Resources


A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive legal services through legal aid or legal services programs. In addition, under the Older Americans Act, there are special programs of legal assistance for older people who are “in the greatest social and economic need.” For those not eligible for such legal programs, there are private lawyers who focus on assisting elders or individuals with disabilities. 

Nebraska Legal Aid Services:
http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/ 
Legal Aid of Nebraska
209 S. 19th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102 
Phone: 402-348-1069
Legal Assistance: (877) 250-2016
Senior Help Line: (800) 662-1772

Nebraska Bar Association
www.nebar.com 
Customer service (800) 927-0117

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182 Phone: 703-942-5711* 
Fax: 703-563-9504
Email: naela@naela.org 
www.naela.org (click on “Find an Attorney”)

Nebraska Free Legal Answers (NFLA)
NE.freelegalanswers.org 
​How NFLA works: To determine user eligibility, visit the above website and answer the series of screening questions. Qualified users must be Nebraska residents, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and cannot be in jail or prison. 

 



Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More


AARP Pharmacy Services
Provides information on discounted drugs and services for AARP members. Site includes information and applications for MembeRx Choice discount program and Prescription Savings Service, which save an average 19 percent on most pharmacy drugs.

Advanced Diabetes Supply
Provides diabetes testing supplies nationwide, along with help, guidance and resources for clients. Offers home delivery anywhere in the country.

BenefitsCheckUp.org
Fill out online questionnaires in minutes to find programs for people age 55 and older that may pay some costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities and more.

Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs
Maintains a searchable database of dozens of pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Search by Member Company, program name, drug name, or drug and program.

DoctorSolve.com
Licensed Canadian pharmacists fill prescriptions written by U.S. physicians. Costs substantially less than U.S. pharmacies.

Drug Assistant
A software system used by hospitals, clinics and patient advocates to access discount medications for their indigent patients.

DrugAlert.org
A comprehensive database that provides information, news alerts, drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Drugstore.com
Offers prescription drugs at up to 30 percent savings on medicines not covered by your insurance.

DrugWatch.com
A comprehensive resource featuring information on various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and those currently available or previously distributed worldwide. Site is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical companies or drug manufacturers.

IndiCare
Automated, online tool for physicians and healthcare providers to obtain free prescription drugs for indigent patients.

Liberty Medical
The nation's leading direct-to-consumer Medicare provider of diabetes testing supplies and diabetes management products. Also provides direct-to-home delivery of liquid respiratory medications and supplies and other prescription medications.

LillyAnswers
Low-income Medicare enrollees pay $12 for a 30-day supply of any Eli Lilly prescription drug dispensed at a pharmacy, including Evista, Humulin, Humalog, Prozac, Sarafem and Zyprexa. Save an average of $600 a year per medication for chronic conditions.

MedData Services Prescription Assistance Program
Program provides doctors and patients with information needed to apply for free medications.

Medicare: Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
Offers information on public and private programs that provide discounted or free medication, as well as Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage. Search for information by geographic area.

Medicine Program
A volunteer organization dedicated to helping people find patient assistance programs.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Rx Program
A free Prescription Discount Program. This program will save you an average of 24% off the retail price of prescription medications and can be used at 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website to enroll or call 1-877-321-2651

Needymeds.com
Provides information about patient assistance programs, searchable by particular drugs or by individual programs. Also offers Pharmaceutical Discount Card Comparison, applications to some programs, and more.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Brings together the nation's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. PAP offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Pfizer Helpful Answers
A comprehensive savings program for people without prescription drug coverage. Can help you find a prescription savings program that is right for you.

PharmacyChecker
Compares prescription drug prices for more than 1,000 medications. Also provides pharmacy ratings and shipping fees so you can compare total costs.

Planet Drugs Direct
Fully accredited Canadian pharmacy and international pharmacies fill prescriptions and provide other medications at substantial discounts.

RxHope.com
Helps physicians and patient advocates obtain, apply for or track requests for no-cost medications for patients who are unable to afford them and do not have access to prescription insurance or government-funded programs. Consumers can find information about prescription assistance programs, drugs, and pharmaceutical companies’ products and services.

Together Rx.com
Eligible Medicare enrollees can have free memberships to this prescription savings program, which provides up to 40 percent savings on more than 150 medicines, including Augmentin, Avandia, Beconase, Coumadin, Diovan, Flexeril, Flonase, Glucophage, Glucovance, Haldol, Imitrex, Lescol, Nexium, Prilosec, Relafen, Retrovir, Serevent, Zofran and Zomig.

Universal Drugstore
Pharmacy is located in central Canada and is regulated closely by Health Canada and provincial pharmacy regulators. All partner pharmacies are duly licensed by a qualified government regulatory body where they operate. Prescriptions will only be filled in a reputable licensed facility.

We Care Medical Mall
Helps its customers obtain free medications. Program charges a one-time processing fee for each medication.

Wellpartner
A mail service pharmacy that provides WellpartnerPLUS discount prices that can save uninsured customers up to 20% or more on prescriptions. Wellpartner serves uninsured individual customers, members of health plans, nonprofit hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and other customers. The WellpartnerPLUS program is open to everyone in the U.S. without prescription drug coverage, regardless of age or income, and there are no annual or monthly fees or discount cards.

For more information on RX assistance, please visit: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/links/national.aspx?id=38

 



Assistive Devices


The following database lists more than 21,000 currently available products from more than 8,000 companies. The database also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. To find specific products for children or parents with disabilities, we recommend that you use the Advanced Search by Keyword below. Note: Many assistive devices are now covered by Medicaid or Medi-Cal. Please visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/assistive/index.aspx for a list of devices.

 



Library


The following website contains more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by leading organizations in the fields of healthy aging, caregiving, disabilities, Alzheimer’s and dementia, alternative treatments, Medicare, financial planning, and more. Visit the following website to view health topics by category, medications, medical tests, interactive tools, symptom checker, and many other resources. See http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/library/index.aspx to access the library.

 



Find Services


To search your area's comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more, please visit the following website: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/services/index.aspx

 



Network of Care


For additional resources and services relating to disability services, visit http://www.networkofcare.org/splash.aspx. Select a Network of Care on the left, select your state, then your region determined by your county of residence.

The websites found on the Network of Care are resources for individuals, families and agencies concerned with various issues. They provide information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with diverse issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.

 



Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person Project


Freedom to Choose
Are you, or a loved one, residing in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home or intermediate care facility (ICF/MR)?

  • Have you considered returning to your family home, an apartment, or a community-based small group home?
  • Would you prefer more independence and the freedom to make meaningful choices about your healthcare needs and daily activities?

Thousands of individuals across the country, through the efforts of Money Follows the Person and other programs, have successfully transitioned from an institutional setting to the community. Depending upon your specific needs – whether you are aged, have a physical or developmental disability, or a traumatic brain injury – supportive services such as the following help people live successfully in community-based settings:

  • Home Care/Chore Services
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Adult Day Health Care
  • Nutrition Services Independence Skills Building
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Transportation (Non-medical and medical)
  • Assistive Technology and Home Modification
  • Home Again
  • Respite
  • Home Health
  • Habilitation Services
  • Team Behavioral Consultation
  • Child Day Services

Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person project can provide you with information about these supportive services and direct you to the appropriate waiver agency which will help you determine your level of needs and the services you may require. Certain eligibility requirements do apply, but the program provides outreach, education, and referral information to all those who are interested in community-based services.

If you, a loved one, or a friend prefer a community-based setting as an alternative to a facility-based setting, call Nebraska’s Money Follows the Person.

Contact Us:
Phone Number:
1-800-358-8802 Ext. 2308 or 1-402-471-2308
Website:
www.dhhs.ne.gov/moneyfollowstheperson
Mailing Address:
Nebraska Money Follows the Person
Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026

 



Home and Community Services Aged and Disabled Waiver


What is the Aged & Disabled Waiver?
This is a program that offers an array of services to support people in their homes.

Who may need this program?

Individuals of all ages who:

  • Are eligible for Medicaid and have needs at nursing facility level of care
  • Want to live at home rather than a nursing facility
  • Can be served safely at home

What services may be available through the Aged & Disabled Waiver?
Some of the funded services include:

What is done to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals served by this program?
The Nebraska Medicaid & Long Term Care Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Unit utilizes a Quality Improvement System to ensure the health and well-being of clients through continuous, client-focused monitoring and improvement.

  • The Quality Improvement System is guided by   key principles and defined roles and functions.
  • A Quality Council advises the HCBS Waivers Unit on strategies to improve all aspects of the Quality Improvement System and reviews progress on strategies.
  • A HCBS Waiver Unit Quality Improvement Subcommittee composed of DHHS staff, representatives from Local Level Services Coordination Agencies and representatives from the Quality Council, reviews Waiver performance measure data and makes recommendations for changes that may lead to systemic improvement in the quality of services, as well as recommendations related to remediation efforts.
  • Processes are used to measure compliance,   CMS assurances, client outcomes and utilization.

Contact someone who can answer your questions about the services in the Aged & Disabled Waiver about:

What does it mean for me to “be eligible for the waiver”?
To be eligible, you must:

  • Be financially eligible for Medicaid.
  • Have physical and health needs which require services similar to those provided by a nursing facility (see the next question also).
  • Have an individualized plan of services and supports that will keep you safe in your home.

OK, so what does it mean for me to “meet nursing facility level of care”?
Nursing facility level of care means you have needs which require you to receive services similar to those provided to individuals who live in a nursing home. For example, you may need assistance with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, taking a bath or shower, eating, or walking safely. A few examples of other areas considered are how much help you need to take medications, any memory problems or health conditions you may have and how they are managed. Persons who apply for Medicaid Waiver are assessed to see if their needs are the same as those of people who live in a nursing home.

I earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but my child has a physical disability and we could really use the services of the waiver. Can you help?
There is an exception so that parent’s income is not counted for children served by the waiver. Contact your local DHHS office to begin the Medicaid application process, and be sure to say you want your child assessed to determine if he qualifies for the waiver.

How many hours in the day can I have help?
Each person’s needs are different; there is not a set number of hours of assistance per day from the waiver. You and your Services Coordinator will work together on a plan of services that will meet your needs and keep you safe at home.

I am an adult living in my own apartment. If I qualify for the waiver, who will I get to help me in my home? Who comes in to clean and do laundry? Who comes and helps me while I take a bath?
First, an assessment is completed to determine what kind of help you need to stay safely in your home. Next, staff from the waiver program will be able to connect you with a choice of providers to help you in your home. You choose who provides services for you and when they work for you. Some providers are agencies. Other providers are self-employed and do not work for an agency. If you know someone that you want to work for you as your provider, refer the person to the waiver staff.

Financial Resources
Financial Resources

This section includes a list of financial resources that includes:

  • AccessNebraska (used to apply for a variety of Economic Assistance Programs)
  • Medicaid
  • AccessNebraska Kiosk Locations
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Legal Resources
  • RX Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Employment First
  • Every Woman Matters Program
  • Rental Housing Search

 



AccessNebraska


www.ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov

ACCESSNebraska is a convenient, online way to apply for the following Nebraska Medicaid and Economic Assistance programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Aid to Dependent Children (ADC)
  • Aid to Aged, Blind and Disabled (AABD) Payment
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • State Disability Program
  • Child Care Subsidy
  • Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Social Services for the Aged and Disabled (SSAD)
  • CHIP (Children's Health Insurance)

For more information about any of the programs above, visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ website www.dhhs.ne.gov and search for the program name.

Medicaid:
(855) 632-7633
In Lincoln: (402) 473-7000
In Omaha: (402) 595-1178

Economic Assistance:
(800) 383-4278
In Lincoln: (402) 323-3900
In Omaha: (402) 595 1258
DHHS Customer Service Center Open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

 



Medicaid


You have the right:

  • To ask for financial assistance from the program of your choice.
  • To expect the Department of Health and Human Services to promptly accept a request from you or someone you choose to act responsibly for you, in person, by mail, or by telephone. You may also be helped in various aspects of application or determination of eligibility by the person of your choice. This person may represent you in any agency contact you wish.
  • To have the assistance programs explained to you by the worker.
  • To receive Medical Assistance without a separate application if you are eligible for financial assistance.
  • To request an appeal hearing if you disagree with any action of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • To have your Civil Rights upheld.

You have the responsibility:

  • To provide complete and accurate information.
  • To ask questions if you do not understand something about the programs.
  • To report to the Department of Health and Human Services within 10 days by phone, in person, or by mail any changes in the information provided in the determination of your eligibility for assistance.
  • To cooperate with the Child Support Enforcement Unit if you are applying for Medical Assistance for a dependent child.
  • To pay Medical Copayments if you are notified they are required.

If you intentionally provide false information or withhold information, you may be subject to prosecution for fraud under the laws of Nebraska.

If you have further questions contact your local office of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Medicaid Customer Service Center
Toll Free: 855-632-7633
Lincoln Local Calls: 402-473-7000
Omaha Local Calls: 402-595-1178
TTY: 402-471-7256
Apply Online at:
www.accessnebraska.ne.gov

Medical Assistance is a statewide program through which medical care and services may be provided for low-income Nebraskans. Medical Assistance is sometimes called Medicaid.

Who may be eligible for Medicaid?
You may be eligible if you are:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • An individual under 65 years of age who has a disability, or is visually impaired according to Social Security guidelines.
  • An individual 18 years of age or younger.
  • A dependent child who meets the eligibility requirements of the Aid to Dependent Children Program.

Where do I apply?
You may apply for Medical Assistance at the Department of Health and Human Services Office closest to where you live. You may also be asked to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) at the Social Security Office.

What type of care is available under Medical Assistance?
The following medical services are available:

  • Hospital care and doctor visits.
  • Dental care, eye care, speech, hearing and physical therapy.
  • Laboratory and x-ray therapy.
  • Nursing home care.
  • Home health care services.
  • Prescribed drugs, medical equipment and health aids.
  • Care in institutions for mental diseases if person is 20 years of age or younger or 65 years of age or older.
  • Regular health checks for children.
  • Family Planning.

What resources may I have and be eligible to receive Medical Assistance?

  • The home in which you reside
  • One motor vehicle.
  • Property you use to operate a trade or business. For example, land, machinery, and equipment.
  • Irrevocable burial fund.
  • Resources, in addition to the above, which do not exceed:
  • $4,000 for one member family
  • $6,000 for two member family
  • $25 for each additional family member

Children age 18 and younger and eligible pregnant women are not subject to a resource test.

May I dispose of a resource by giving it away or selling it for less than fair market value?
If you give away your home or other resources, you may be giving away a resource which may be used for support. Therefore, you may be found ineligible for Medical Assistance.

May I have income and still be eligible?
Yes, provided you meet all other eligibility requirements and your income does not meet your basic living and medical needs according to eligibility guidelines. You may be required to spend a portion of your income on medical expenses, and show proof of the medical needs.

How long must I live in Nebraska in order to be eligible for Medical Assistance?
Your legal residence must be in Nebraska at the time you apply for Medical Assistance.

The most current information on these topics can be found at:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/AccessNebraska/Documents/MedicaidBrochure.pdf

DHHS Offices Open to the Public for Economic Assistance and Medicaid/CHIP Services:
People may talk with DHHS staff about Economic Assistance and Medicaid/Children’s Health Information Program (CHIP) services by visiting a local office or calling an ACCESSNebraska toll-free Customer Service Center. People are encouraged to apply for services online through the ACCESSNebraska website

Call an ACCESSNebraska Customer Service Center, toll-free, for information or questions:

Medical Eligibility Customer Service Contact:
Call: (855) 632-7633
In Lincoln: (402) 473-7000
In Omaha: (402) 595-1178
8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F
TDD: (402) 471-7256

Economic Assistance Customer Service Contact:
Call (800) 383-4278
In Lincoln: (402) 323-3900
In Omaha: (402) 595-1258
8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F
TDD: (402) 471-7256

Developmental Disabilities Customer Service Contact:
Call (877) 667-6266
In Lincoln: (402) 471-8501
8:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F
TDD: (402) 471-7256

See the following website for office options: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/localoffices.aspx

 


 

ACCESSNebraska KIOSK Locations


The following DHHS offices have Kiosks (computers for public use) to apply for Economic Assistance:

Western Service Area

Center: 309 Bazile St.
Chadron: 1033 East 3rd
Gering: 1600 10th St.
Lexington: 200 West 7th St. Suite 1
Lexington: 1501 Plum Creek Pkwy. Suite 4
North Platte: Craft State Office Building, 200 South Silber
Ogallala: 201 East 5th St.
Sidney: 1000 10th Ave (Cheyenne County Courthouse)
Scottsbluff: 250114 Skyport Dr.

Central Service Area

Broken Bow: 2475 South E St.
Grand Island: 208 N. Pine
Grand Island: 116 S. Pine
Grand Island: 2300 West Capital Ave.
Hastings: 300 N. St. Joseph
Kearney: 24 West 16th St.
Ord: 801 S St. Suite 2

Northern Service Area

Ainsworth: 644 East 4th St.
Columbus: 2365 39th St.
Dakota City: 1401 Pine
Fremont: 1959 E. Military Ave
Fremont: 839 S. Broad
Norfolk: 209 N. 5th St.
O’Neill: 128 N. 6th
Pender: 415 Main St.

Eastern Service Area

Omaha: 1215 S. 42nd St
Omaha: 1500 N. 24th St, Suite 102
Omaha: 1313 Farnam
Omaha: 5211 S. 31 St
Papillion: 1261 Golden Gate Dr.

Southeast Service Area

Auburn: 1908 O St.
Beatrice: 3000 Lincoln Ave.
Falls City: 1700 Stone
Lincoln: 1050 N St.
Nebraska City: 917 Wildwood, Suite A
York: 824 Lincoln Ave.

For more information on the locations of Kiosks, please visit: http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/AccessNebraska/Documents/kiosks.pdf

 



Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Eligibility Requirements


Please visit: https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-eligibility-ussi.htm for SSI eligibility requirements.

 



Veterans Benefits


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits, including disability, education and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, home loan guaranty, dependent and survivor benefits, medical treatment, prescription drugs, aid and attendance, life insurance, and burial benefits.

Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 95083 Lincoln, NE 68509-5083
Phone: (402) 471-2458
Fax: (402) 742-1142
Email: ndva@nebraska.gov 
Website: https://veterans.nebraska.gov.

Summary description of VA benefits, with contact numbers:
http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-0760-ARE.pdf
http://www1.va.gov/opa/newtova.asp
American Legion, 801-326-2380
Disabled American Veterans, 801-326-2375
Veterans of Foreign Wars, 801-326-2386

 



Legal Resources


A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive legal services through legal aid or legal services programs. In addition, under the Older Americans Act, there are special programs of legal assistance for older people who are “in the greatest social and economic need.” For those not eligible for such legal programs, there are private lawyers who focus on assisting elders or individuals with disabilities. 

Nebraska Legal Aid Services
http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/ 
Legal Aid of Nebraska
209 S. 19th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102 
Phone: 402-348-1069
Legal Assistance: (877) 250-2016
Senior Help Line: (800) 662-1772

Nebraska Bar Association
www.nebar.com 
Customer service (800) 927-0117

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182 Phone: 703-942-5711* 
Fax: 703-563-9504
Email: naela@naela.org 
www.naela.org (click on “Find an Attorney”)

Nebraska Free Legal Answers (NFLA)
NE.freelegalanswers.org 
​How NFLA works: To determine user eligibility, visit the above website and answer the series of screening questions. Qualified users must be Nebraska residents, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and cannot be in jail or prison. 

 



RX Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, and More


For information on prescription assistance, visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/links/national.aspx?id=38 

 



Child Support Enforcement


Child Support Enforcement (CSE) is a family-first program intended to ensure families self-sufficiency. The program goals are to ensure that children have the financial and medical support of both their parents; to foster responsible behavior towards children and to emphasize that children need both parents involved in their lives. 

What Services Does Child Support Enforcement Provide?
  • Locating parents;
  • Establishing paternity;
  • Establishing and modifying child or medical support orders; and 
  • Enforcing child, spousal and medical support orders.

Who can apply for Child Support Services? 

  • Custodial parent;       
  • Non-custodial parent;
  • Legal guardian; and 
  • Child.

If you are a custodial parent and are receiving assistance under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program (which replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program) or Foster Care program, you automatically receive Child Support Enforcement services.

If you are not receiving any state or federal assistance and want to receive Child Support services, you will need to complete an application.

To Apply for Child Support Services:
Complete the Child Support Application, or
Contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Service Center at
1-877-631-9973, Option 2, to request a paper application.
 
 

 
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)


What is CSFP?

CSFP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program which provides foods purchased and distributed by the USDA. 

To see if you meet the federal and state guidelines for the Program bring:

  • Proof of income (i.e. bank statement or social security letter)
  • Birth certificates (If birth certificate is unavailable, some document verifying age must be provided)
  • Proof of residence -- either a letter post marked within the last 30 days, or a utility bill with date and address on it.
  • Proof of lawful immigration status (i.e. permanent resident card)

To find out if you are eligible, contact the agencies listed below:

Blue Valley Community Action Partnership  -- Serving the following counties: Butler, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Thayer, York

Central Nebraska Community Services -- Serving the following counties: Blaine, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Cherry (Eastern), Colfax, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Rock, Sherman, Valley, Wheeler

Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership -- Serving the following counties: Antelope, Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership -- Serving the following counties: Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington

Indian Center, Inc. -- Serving the following counties: Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Saunders

Community Action Partnership of Mid-NE-- Serving the following counties: Adams, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Furnas, Frontier, Gosper, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Kearney, Keith, Lincoln, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Webster

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska -- Serving the following counties: Banner, Cheyenne, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff

Western Community Health Resources -- Serving the following counties: Box Butte, Cherry (west), Dawes, Sheridan, Sioux

 



Emergency Assistance


Emergency Assistance helps with money and/or services for needy children and other household members when there’s an emergency situation. The program helps when the situation is threatening to the health or well-being of an eligible child and family. To be eligible for emergency assistance a family must have gross countable income less than the following:

Family Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Income $860 $1,060 $1,260 $1,462 $1,661 $1,861 $2,063 $2,263 $2,462 $2,662

Payment may be made for:

  • Rent or mortgage payments,
  • Home furnishings,
  • Emergency non-food items, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies,
  • Emergency food,
  • Emergency clothing,
  • Moving costs,
  • Transportation,
  • Emergency special diets,
  • Medical payments, or
  • Emergency telephone installation.

In most instances, Emergency Assistance payments will be sent to the provider of the service.

For more information, find the phone number of the nearest HHS office.



Employment First


Employment First is Nebraska's welfare reform program which helps families achieve economic self-sufficiency through job training, education, and employment preparation. Employment First assists people through the transition from welfare to the workforce.

In 1993, Gov. Ben Nelson appointed the Governor's Task Force on Welfare Reform. This group developed the framework for legislation that was passed in 1994. The former Department of Social Services (now the Department of Health and Human Services) was authorized to request federal waivers to implement the state's welfare reform. Waivers were obtained and in 1995 the Legislature passed LB 445.

On November 1, 1995, Employment First pilot projects began in Lancaster, Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties. For the purpose of evaluation, everyone who received an Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) cash payment and was able to work in Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, and Webster counties was subject to the Employment First provisions. Half of Lancaster County participants were subject to Employment First provisions and the other half received benefits as currently provided by the Aid to Dependent Children and Job Support program. The program went statewide on January 1, 1998.

Self-Sufficiency Contract
Under Employment First, the person and his/her case manager develop what's called a self-sufficiency contract. The contract outlines the activities, services and responsibilities of the person and the State so that the person can achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Transitional Assistance
Once an person is employed and has received cash assistance for at least three out of the last six months, the family is offered continued Medicaid coverage and child care subsidy payments. The Medicaid coverage is available to the family for up to12 months if the family's income doesn't exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. If the family's income is between 100% and 185% of the federal poverty level, the family may be required to pay a monthly premium that doesn't exceed 3% of the family income. Child care is available to the family if their income doesn't exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. The family is required to pay a portion of the child care costs based upon a sliding fee scale; the fee must not be more than 20% of the family income.

For more information, contact:

Samuel Malson, TANF Program Manager
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-9404
e-mail: samuel.malson@nebraska.gov

 



Every Woman Matters Program


Every Woman Matters (EWM) is a program that can help women get health check-ups. EWM may pay for exams based on health history and program guidelines. For a list of the services EWM may provide, please see: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/EWM/Pages/Home.aspx. To access the enrollment questionaire, visit: https://cip-dhhs.ne.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=8XRRLKTPYR.

 


Rental Housing Search

Rental housing is now listed on a new, free, bilingual website at www.housing.ne.gov. Users can locate available housing that best fits individual needs. Users can also easily search for housing using a wide variety of search criteria including:

  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Rent amount
  • Whether or not the rent is income-based
  • Accessibility features
  • Acceptance of rental subsidy
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Security deposit amount, and many others

For individuals who do not have access to the internet or need further assistance, this service is supported by a bilingual call center (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, M-F). Call toll free at 1-877-428-8844.

Mental Health
Mental Health

This section includes resources and information to help find effective treatments and services in the community for mental health disorders. Please scroll down to find the following:

  • Mental Health Service Providers
  • Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, More
  • Mediation
  • Legal Resources
  • Assistive Devices
  • Library
  • Find Services
  • Network of Care

For a list of financial resources pertaining to mental health, please see the above financial resources tab. 
 



Mental Health Service Providers


CenterPointe
Grounded by the solid belief that every person has the ability to recover, CenterPointe makes pivotal treatment available for people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Meeting people where they are and supporting them to gain control of their lives is what CenterPointe aims to do. By treating the whole person, mental health and addiction can be addressed together in real-time. CenterPointe offers a full continuum of care - treatment, rehabilitation, and housing - for homeless and low-income individuals. For more information on CenterPointe, see http://www.centerpointe.org/.

Community Action
Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) is the state association for Nebraska’s nine Community Action Agencies and provides a voice for those Agencies and the people they serve. Community Action of Nebraska’s mission is to alleviate poverty by enhancing program development, providing technical assistance, and advocating public policy to support all Community Action Agencies in Nebraska. Community Action Agencies in Nebraska provide services and programs designed to meet the local needs of the communities they serve. For more information and a list of services offered, please see https://canhelp.org/who-we-are/.

Domesti-PUPS
Domesti-PUPS provides therapy dogs, service dogs for persons with disabilities, and trained rescue dogs. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with special needs through the
assistance of animals, and to promote awareness through education. More information on Domesti-PUPS, visit http://www.domesti-pups.org/​. 

Heartland Family Service
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service serves more than 35,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. More information can be found at http://heartlandfamilyservice.org/.

League of Human Dignity
The League of Human Dignity is concerned with the rights and quality of life of people with disabilities. They believe in emphasizing likeness not difference, ability not disability, normality not abnormality, and integration not segregation. The League of Human Dignity works with people who have disabilities to promote independent living and ensure social, economic, and political equality. Please see http://leagueofhumandignity.com/#2 for more information.

To find additional service providers, see www.communityplatform.us/communityplatform/nam/map.

 


 

Rx Assistance: Medications, Prescriptions, More


AARP Pharmacy Services
Provides information on discounted drugs and services for AARP members. Site includes information and applications for MembeRx Choice discount program and Prescription Savings Service, which save an average 19 percent on most pharmacy drugs.

Advanced Diabetes Supply
Provides diabetes testing supplies nationwide, along with help, guidance and resources for clients. Offers home delivery anywhere in the country.

BenefitsCheckUp.org
Fill out online questionnaires in minutes to find programs for people age 55 and older that may pay some costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities and more.

Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs
Maintains a searchable database of dozens of pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs. Search by Member Company, program name, drug name, or drug and program.

DoctorSolve.com
Licensed Canadian pharmacists fill prescriptions written by U.S. physicians. Costs substantially less than U.S. pharmacies.

Drug Assistant
A software system used by hospitals, clinics and patient advocates to access discount medications for their indigent patients.

DrugAlert.org
A comprehensive database that provides information, news alerts, drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.

Drugstore.com
Offers prescription drugs at up to 30 percent savings on medicines not covered by your insurance.

DrugWatch.com
A comprehensive resource featuring information on various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and those currently available or previously distributed worldwide. Site is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical companies or drug manufacturers.

IndiCare
Automated, online tool for physicians and healthcare providers to obtain free prescription drugs for indigent patients.

Liberty Medical
The nation's leading direct-to-consumer Medicare provider of diabetes testing supplies and diabetes management products. Also provides direct-to-home delivery of liquid respiratory medications and supplies and other prescription medications.

LillyAnswers
Low-income Medicare enrollees pay $12 for a 30-day supply of any Eli Lilly prescription drug dispensed at a pharmacy, including Evista, Humulin, Humalog, Prozac, Sarafem and Zyprexa. Save an average of $600 a year per medication for chronic conditions.

MedData Services Prescription Assistance Program
Program provides doctors and patients with information needed to apply for free medications.

Medicare: Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
Offers information on public and private programs that provide discounted or free medication, as well as Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage. Search for information by geographic area.

Medicine Program
A volunteer organization dedicated to helping people find patient assistance programs.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Rx Program
A free Prescription Discount Program. This program will save you an average of 24% off the retail price of prescription medications and can be used at 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit the website to enroll or call 1-877-321-2651

Needymeds.com
Provides information about patient assistance programs, searchable by particular drugs or by individual programs. Also offers Pharmaceutical Discount Card Comparison, applications to some programs, and more.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Brings together the nation's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. PAP offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Pfizer Helpful Answers
A comprehensive savings program for people without prescription drug coverage. Can help you find a prescription savings program that is right for you.

PharmacyChecker
Compares prescription drug prices for more than 1,000 medications. Also provides pharmacy ratings and shipping fees so you can compare total costs.

Planet Drugs Direct
Fully accredited Canadian pharmacy and international pharmacies fill prescriptions and provide other medications at substantial discounts.

RxHope.com
Helps physicians and patient advocates obtain, apply for or track requests for no-cost medications for patients who are unable to afford them and do not have access to prescription insurance or government-funded programs. Consumers can find information about prescription assistance programs, drugs, and pharmaceutical companies’ products and services.

Together Rx.com
Eligible Medicare enrollees can have free memberships to this prescription savings program, which provides up to 40 percent savings on more than 150 medicines, including Augmentin, Avandia, Beconase, Coumadin, Diovan, Flexeril, Flonase, Glucophage, Glucovance, Haldol, Imitrex, Lescol, Nexium, Prilosec, Relafen, Retrovir, Serevent, Zofran and Zomig.

Universal Drugstore
Pharmacy is located in central Canada and is regulated closely by Health Canada and provincial pharmacy regulators. All partner pharmacies are duly licensed by a qualified government regulatory body where they operate. Prescriptions will only be filled in a reputable licensed facility.

We Care Medical Mall
Helps its customers obtain free medications. Program charges a one-time processing fee for each medication.

Wellpartner
A mail service pharmacy that provides WellpartnerPLUS discount prices that can save uninsured customers up to 20% or more on prescriptions. Wellpartner serves uninsured individual customers, members of health plans, nonprofit hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and other customers. The WellpartnerPLUS program is open to everyone in the U.S. without prescription drug coverage, regardless of age or income, and there are no annual or monthly fees or discount cards.

For the most updated information on prescription assistance, please visit: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/links/national.aspx?id=38

 



Mediation


Mediation is the attempt to help parties in a disagreement to hear one another, to minimize the harm that can come from disagreement, to maximize any area of agreement, and to find a way of preventing the areas of disagreement from interfering with the process of seeking a compromise or mutually agreed outcome. While a mediator may charge a fee comparable to that of an attorney, the mediation process generally takes much less time than moving a case through standard legal channels. While a case in the hands of a lawyer or a court may take months or years to resolve, mediation usually achieves a resolution in a matter of hours. Taking less time means expending less money on hourly fees and costs.

Central Mediation Center:
204 East 25th Street, Suite 5 | P O Box 838 | Kearney, NE 68848-0838
800-203-3452 or 308-237-4692 |info@centralmediationcenter.com |www.centralmediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Chase, Clay, Custer, Dawson, Dundy, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Garfield, Gosper, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Howard, Kearney, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Merrick, Nuckolls, Perkins, Phelps, Red Willow, Sherman, Thomas, Valley, Webster, Wheeler

Concord Mediation Center:
4225 North 90th Street | Omaha, NE 68134 402-345-1131 | www.concord-center.com
Counties Served: Douglas and Sarpy

The Mediation Center:
Mill Towne Building | 610 J Street, Suite 100 | Lincoln, NE 68508 402-441-5740 | info@themediationcenter.org | www.themediationcenter.org
County Served: Lancaster

Mediation West (formerly Center for Conflict Resolution):
1721 Broadway, Suite 222 | Scottsbluff, NE 69361 800-967-2115 or 308-635-2002 | info@conflictresolutioncenter.com | www.mediationwest.org 
Counties Served: Arthur, Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Keith, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux

Nebraska Mediation Center (formerly Nebraska Justice Center):
PO Box 1062 | Fremont, NE 68026-1062 | (402) 753-9415 or 800-774-0346 nmc@nebraskamediationcenter.com | www.nebraskamediationcenter.com 
Counties Served: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, Washington, Wayne Tribes Served: Omaha, Winnebago, Northern Ponca, Santee Sioux

The Resolution Center:
2205 N 6th Street, Suite 11 | Beatrice, NE 68310 800-837-7826 or 402-223-6061 | trc@bvca.net | www.theresolutioncenter.org 
Counties Served: Butler, Cass, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York

 



Legal Resources


A guardian may need a lawyer to provide legal advice or to advocate on behalf of the ward. Individuals who are financially eligible can receive legal services through legal aid or legal services programs. In addition, under the Older Americans Act, there are special programs of legal assistance for older people who are “in the greatest social and economic need.” For those not eligible for such legal programs, there are private lawyers who focus on assisting elders or individuals with disabilities. 

Nebraska Legal Aid Services
http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/ 
Legal Aid of Nebraska
209 S. 19th Street, Suite 200
Omaha, Nebraska 68102 
Phone: 402-348-1069
Legal Assistance: (877) 250-2016
Senior Help Line: (800) 662-1772

Nebraska Bar Association
www.nebar.com 
Customer service (800) 927-0117

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
1577 Spring Hill Rd., Suite 310
Vienna, VA 22182 Phone: 703-942-5711* 
Fax: 703-563-9504
Email: naela@naela.org 
www.naela.org (click on “Find an Attorney”)

Nebraska Free Legal Answers (NFLA)
NE.freelegalanswers.org 
​How NFLA works: To determine user eligibility, visit the above website and answer the series of screening questions. Qualified users must be Nebraska residents, 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements, and cannot be in jail or prison. 

 



Assistive Devices


The database lists more than 21,000 currently available products from more than 8,000 companies. The database also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. To find specific products for children or parents with disabilities, we recommend that you use the Advanced Search by Keyword below. Note: Many assistive devices are now covered by Medicaid or Medi-Cal. Please visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/assistive/index.aspx for a list of devices.

 



Library


The website contains more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets and reports produced by leading organizations in the fields of healthy aging, caregiving, disabilities, Alzheimer’s and dementia, alternative treatments, Medicare, financial planning, and more. Visit http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/library/index.aspx to view health topics by category, medications, medical tests, interactive tools, symptom checker, and many other resources.

 



Find Services


Search your area's comprehensive directory to find services related to aging, disabilities, caregiving, Alzheimer's, and more. Whether you're looking for programs or facilities, please visit the following website: http://nebraska.networkofcare.org/aging/services/index.aspx

 



Network of Care


Visit http://www.networkofcare.org/splash.aspx, select a Network of Care on the left, select your state, then your region determined by your county of residence.

The websites are a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with various issues. They provide information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with diverse issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.