If you are in an emergency situation and need help immediately, dial 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. If you are considering suicide, please call 988.
The Co-Responder Program assists Grand Island and Kearney Police officers and Hall and Buffalo County Sheriff’s deputies in meeting mental health needs and providing community resource information and referrals to residents.
Other impacts include:
•Reduced calls due to mental illness.
•Needed resources provided to citizens.
•Input supplied for those in a disposition decision process.
•Safety for the individual experiencing a crisis.
•Individuals diverted from hospitals or jails.
•Individuals remain in the community and avoid further life disruption.
•The Grand Island and Kearney Police Department/Hall and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Offices are better equipped to handle mental health-related situations.
Mobile Crisis Response
Provides immediate, 24/7, response to law enforcement, area homeless shelters and The Nebraska Family Helpline when these organizations are working with someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis. This program covers Dodge, Douglas and Washington Counties in Nebraska.
The Mobile Crisis Response Teams include licensed therapists, licensed social workers, peer support specialists, and crisis coordinators.
The program helps resolve an immediate behavioral health crisis with the following goals:
- To avoid Emergency Protective Custody holds
- To avoid unnecessary incarceration
- To avoid inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
- To reduce the lasting impact of a mental health crisis
- To link individuals to community-based services
On-site services include: de-escalation, safety assessment, crisis counseling, short-term safety plan development and making community referrals. Referrals to the LFS Mobile Crisis Response team can be made by:
- Any law enforcement agency in Dodge, Douglas and Washington Counties (the Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare area)
- Area Homeless shelters
- The Nebraska Family Helpline
- Omaha Police Peer Support Specialist
In addition, to more quickly assist law enforcement, LFS Crisis Response Co-Responders are embedded in various police departments. They accompany officers responding to calls for or from citizens who appear to have a mental health or substance use concern.
The Omaha Police Department (OPD) and LFS have teamed up to offer a supportive peer support services to officers who encounter individuals in crisis.
Peer Support Specialists have a unique understanding of life’s challenges because of their own life experiences and recovery. They have received special training on how to work one-on-one with individuals who have similar life experiences.
Working in a peer-to-peer setting, our shared experiences may help a person as they work toward their own recovery.
Our peer support specialist is available to:
- Coordinate wellness checks between officers and consumers.
- Accompany officers on wellness checks involving consumers.
- Help officers identify possible behavioral health resources.
- Work with individuals who have consistent contact with all departments of the Omaha Police Department.
- Assist in training Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers.