Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a referral?

Documentation or records are required for all referrals. The information needs to include the current diagnosis and recommended level of care. This can be information from a current or recent inpatient stay, residential treatment, medication provider or physical health provider.

What is the admission criteria?

Adults age 19 or older, need to meet the criteria as set by the State of Nebraska for Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) OR ASAM Level 1 Outpatient services for Substance Use Diagnosis. SPMI consists of a Major Mental Illness (schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder and deficits in 2 out of 3 areas – vocational/educational functioning, social functioning and or Activities of Daily Living. ASAM Level 1 Outpatient Services is determined by a licensed professional within their scope of practice providing scoring in the six dimensions of ASAM.

What insurance is accepted?

At this time, Nebraska Medicaid is the only insurance that pays for the psych rehab levels of care. Individuals on Medicaid must have the Medicaid document called an Individual Diagnostic Interview (IDI), showing a current diagnosis and recommended level of care to be considered for admission.

What is the cost?

Individuals who have been authorized through their insurance or the Division of Behavioral Health have no costs for any rehab service. Individuals who are not authorized are assessed on a sliding fee scale from the State of Nebraska.

Can I live at Opportunity House or Unity House?

No these are not residential settings. They are the name of the facilities that have the offices for the psych rehab programs.

What do I do if I need help outside of regular hours?

There are 24/7 crisis numbers available for everyone active in a psych rehab service.

If I am enrolled in a service, can I receive transportation to appointments?

Yes. All of the services provide a some level of transportation or connection to transportation resources to get to appointments and or access the community where you live. However, the services are not designed to be used as a taxi service.

Can I be forced to be in one of these services?

All psych rehab services are voluntary. However, a guardian may give directive for an individual to participate in one of these services. There is also the potential for a Mental Health Board commitment. Although, a direct commitment to psychiatric rehabilitation services is not possible, the commitment to Outpatient Level of Care is within the authority of a Mental Health Board, and psychiatric rehabilitation services is considered an Outpatient Level of Care.

How do I apply for Social Security and or Medicaid?

This is a frequently asked question by individuals who are unable to work to support their financial need. All Direct Care staff are trained in applying and completing the processes for entitlements.

I don’t like being around other people. How would Day Rehabilitation or Day Support work for me?

The psych rehab programs that provide daily activities are held in a well-designed facility to provide full, moderate and limited social interaction. We have separate meeting rooms for smaller groups and a comfortable soothing room when alone time is needed.

What is Evidence Based Practice and why is it important?

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) refer to the specific instructional programs and practices supported as effective by credible research. These are proven interventions that work to help promote change for improved behavioral health.

What EBP’s are used with psych rehab?

The staff are trained to use the following evidence based practices: Motivational Interviewing, Illness Management Recovery, Whole Health Action Management, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and Trauma Informed Care. For more information on any of these interventions, please contact one of our offices.

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