Legislative Bill 1083, the Nebraska Behavioral Health Systems Act, was signed into law in 2004. LB1083 envisioned and mandated the provision of behavioral health services closer to home, family, and support services, and in the least restrictive setting possible. In addition, the Behavioral Health Oversight Commission was created as part of the Act and charged with overseeing and supporting the implementation of LB1083.
Commission members were appointed in June 2004 and meet regularly over the next four years. Pursuant to the statute, the Oversight Commission expired on June 30, 2008. A final report of findings and recommendations was completed for distribution to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Legislature and the Legislature as a whole.
The report lists accomplishments to date, reports findings, and includes fourteen recommendations citing that many of the goals and responsibilities set out in LB1083 have not yet been accomplished.
A new, 12-member Oversight Commission convened in July 2008 and will operate under the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health for a one year period. Members of the new commission include:
More information about the Commission including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health/Pages/behavioral_health_bhcommission.aspx.
Click here to download the final report of the original
Behavioral Health Oversight Commission.
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