Nebraska BHERT

BHERT Orientation
Former State Behavioral Health Director, Dr. Scot Adams (in the decon suit), challenges BHERT members during a team training exercise.


The primary purpose of the Nebraska Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) is to provide support and consultation to local response personnel relevant to behavioral health needs that arise following a disaster. The Nebraska Emergency Management Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. 81-829.36 to 81-829.75) provides statutory authorization for the formation and use of State Emergency Response Teams. The formation of a behavioral health emergency response team in Nebraska was approved by the Governor’s Homeland Security Policy Group on August 7, 2008. The Nebraska Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) is a state resource. The team generally supports behavioral health functions referenced in the Nebraska State Emergency Operations Plan under Emergency Support Functions (ESF 6, 8 & 11). BHERT has previously assisted people affected by flooding in Nebraska. The team's work was featured in the July 2010 edition of "Connections," the Nebraska DHHS Newsletter (see page 6 for featured article).

Resources

Disaster Field Guide
Local guide to using BHERT
BHERT Operations Manual

Application Materials

Recruitment FAQ's
Recruitment Packet - includes link to online application.